|November 06, 2013||Alabama RB Alvin Kamara not with team because of 'behavioral reasons,' Nick Saban says|
|November 06, 2013||Alabama practice report: Tide putting finishing touches on LSU game plan|
|November 06, 2013||Nick Saban on Texas rumors: 'I'm totally committed to the University of Alabama'|
|November 06, 2013||Alabama looking to out-physical LSU|
|November 05, 2013||Tuesday's Alabama coverage in the Anniston Star|
|November 04, 2013||Alabama basketball needs OT to hold off West Georgia|
|November 04, 2013||Alabama practice report: Tide begins preparations for LSU|
|November 04, 2013||Alabama coach Nick Saban on Rolando McClain: 'We want to help him every way that we can'|
|November 04, 2013||Alabama QB AJ McCarron named Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist|
|November 03, 2013||Idle Alabama still sits atop USA Today coaches poll, AP poll|
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama true freshman running back Alvin Kamara hasn’t been with the team this week because of “behavioral reasons,” Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said during his Wednesday news conference.
Saban wouldn’t give details on Kamara’s absence and provided no timetable for his return. Kamara, one of four running backs signed in the 2013 class, was last seen during Thursday’s practice, the final workout before the players were allowed to leave for fall break and the bye weekend.
Kamara had his knee scoped during preseason practice and missed a few weeks, which set him back. He has yet to play this season and is expected to redshirt along with Tyren Jones.Kamara has worked with the scout team throughout the season.
TUSCALOOSA -- It wasn’t pretty, but then again, Alabama men’s basketball never is.
The Crimson Tide needed overtime to defeat West Georgia 65-64 on Monday in its lone exhibition game.
“To be honest with you, I told these guys that’s not the team we’ve seen in practice in terms of the way we played the last couple of weeks,” coach Anthony Grant said. “Hopefully, it was a wakeup call for some guys in terms of the physicality that they’re going to have to be able to play with to have success.
“It’s an exhibition game. It’s a good tune up for us.”
Not much has changed for the Tide as the team still struggles to score. The Tide trailed for much of the second half and had to claw back to pull out the victory.
“I think it was just execution and just missing shots,” senior point guard Trevor Releford said.
Releford led the Tide with 27 points. He played the entire second half. Junior forward Nick Jacobs added 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. No other Tide player scored in double digits, but eight of the nine Alabama players who saw the floor scored.
West Georgia was able to keep it close with 19 second chance points off 22 offensive rebounds and 31 points from its bench compared to just eight from Alabama’s. They also attempted 30 more shots than Alabama and forced the Tide to commit 15 turnovers.
Still, Grant is optimistic things will improve.
“I think we’re a lot better (than we played),” Grant said. “Hopefully, that’s the worst we can play.”
Alabama will open its regular season with a trip to Dallas, Texas to face Oklahoma on Friday, November 8 before returning home to host Texas Tech on Thursday, November 14. The Texas Tech matchup will be televised on ESPN2 with tipoff scheduled for 8 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA -- ESPN the Magazine recently published an article with in-depth look into the current state of former Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain’s life.
The piece details why, at 24, McClain retired from football and returned to Tuscaloosa. It also describes the relationship McClain has with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
While McClain’s off the field issues are well documented, Saban said “we want to help him every way that we can.”
“We want Ro to make good choices and decisions about what he does in the future,” Saban said. “There’s a guy that has a tremendous amount of potential and tremendous amount of leadership ability to affect other people. We want to help him every way that we can.”
Saban said McClain has enrolled in school at Alabama and “we are encouraging him to graduate,” but the football side of things will be left up to McClain.
“Whatever his choice is about what he wants to do with his football career in the future I think has got to be up to him,” Saban said. “He’s the guy that has to do the work to make that successful for him. His choices and decisions off the field, we certainly would hate any of our players to ever do anything that would affect their ability to be successful in the future.”
McClain was the defensive star of Alabama’s 2009 national championship team. He had 105 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss en route to winning the Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker).
“He did a fantastic job for us here in terms of how he played, how he represented the university as well as the leadership he provided and affected and how he affected many people on our team,” Saban said. “We certainly appreciate that.”Saban also said McClain stopped by and wished him happy birthday and that he “seemed to be doing well and we’re hopeful he’ll continue to do well in the future.”