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Alabama’s Crimson Tide close in toward another national title

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Does the University of Alabama have any room left in its trophy case? Yes, from the way the Crimson Tide looked in a 38-0 walloping of Michigan State in the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Thursday night. It brought Alabama coach Nick Saban within a week of his fifth national championship game. Of course, the Tide would have to beat the unbeaten Clemson Tigers in next week’s title game. Few schools have won the way the Tide has won, however,…

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Alabama hires Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator

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Alabama has hired Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator after he had that role at Georgia and Florida State. On Friday, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced hiring the former Alabama assistant. Pruitt was on Mark Richt‘s staff at Georgia and fills the vacancy created when Kirby Smart became coach of the Bulldogs. “He did an outstanding job in the six years he was with us and did the same at Florida State and Georgia after that,” Saban said in a…

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Alabama-Florida State to open 2017 season in Atlanta

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Alabama and Florida State will meet in the 2017 season opener at Atlanta’s new stadium. The matchup in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was announced Thursday. The teams will meet on Sept. 2, 2017. It will be the first regular-season college game at the $1.4 billion stadium, which will be home to the NFL’s Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC. It’s the 10th edition of the kickoff game. Alabama holds a 2-1-1 advantage against the Seminoles, who won the…

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4th Floor Files talks with Steve Wise about shoes, spaghetti and Ronald Reagan

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Stephen R. Wise served 25 years as a lawmaker; first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1989 and term-limited out of the Senate in 2014. Wise was a skillful lawmaker in the area of education. As chair of both education appropriation and policy committees he would hold up bills until he believed they were ready for debate. He often spiced his floor speeches with stories of his time as a classroom teacher in the mid-1960s. “I thought I was…

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