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Collin Sexton will be reinstated after serving a one-game suspension during Alabama's season opener against Memphis.

Alabama basketball: Collin Sexton will serve 1-game suspension, be eligible for home opener

Matt Speakman

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Reinstated

Alabama received good news about Collin Sexton on Thursday night. The Crimson Tide announced that Sexton will sit out the team’s opener as a part of a one-game NCAA suspension. This means Sexton will be available for Alabama’s home opener against Lipscomb on Tuesday. Sexton was waiting for his eligibility to be reinstated after sitting out the Crimson Tide’s lone exhibition game against Alabama-Huntsville.

“Collin Sexton will sit out of Friday’s season opener against Memphis to serve a one-game suspension for a violation of NCAA rules,” Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said in a statement. “He will be eligible for competition in the team’s home opener on Tuesday versus Lipscomb. We appreciate the NCAA’s efforts to reach a timely resolution of his eligibility.”

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Run the ball

After only totaling 116 yards against LSU, Alabama’s running game is trying to get back on track. The Tigers loaded the box multiple times against Alabama, leading to the running backs not finding room. Alabama noticed this and tried to go to the passing game more throughout the game. This week, the Crimson Tide will most likely be committed to the running game. The Bulldogs rank No. 23 in the country in rushing defense, giving up 124 yards per game.

Mississippi State will see Alabama run the ball Saturday, and run the ball a lot this weekend, with the Tide hoping to return to the way they ran it in previous games.

A big target

As jobs around the nation start to open, schools will target big coordinators to help fill positions. One of the coordinators likely to be targeted is Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt has led Alabama to the No. 2 or No. 1 ranking in both years that he’s been coaching Alabama’s defense. This season, the Crimson Tide rank No. 2 in rushing defense, No. 1 in scoring defense and No. 1 in passing efficiency. Alabama has seen coordinators leave for big jobs in the past, and Pruitt could be no different.

Around the Capstone

  • Alabama women’s basketball team signed 7 players during the early signing period.
  • Alabama softball signed Hueytown (Ala.) native Kayla Davis on Signing Day.

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