Alabama football: Alabama’s $1.2 million man

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama’s spending power. 

Alabama’s considerable resources and spending power are on full display at the offensive coordinator position, where it dumped $1.2 million to bring in former Patriots assistant Brian Daboll. Daboll is the third consecutive 7-figure coordinator on offense for Alabama and will outpace his defensive counterpart, Jeremy Pruitt, who will take home $1 million this season.

Daboll’s salary speaks to the off-field power that Alabama enjoys and which has drawn some ire from the totally-not-unethically-conflicted Big 12 commissioner and NCAA Oversight Committee chair lately. While Bob Bowlsby’s 97-staffer number is, frankly, insane, Alabama does enjoy a financial status that schools not named Texas struggle to match. This past season, the Crimson Tide reported $18.3 million in profit across all sports — a number that is drastically understated because NCAA policy overstates team expenses and ignores the financial status of the Crimson Tide Foundation, which enjoyed $61 million in operating revenues in 2015.

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Built by Bama

The New York Giants want you to catch a ride with Landon Collins in the morning:

Around the Capstone

Sometimes you go 2-13 in SEC play and find new and spectacular ways to lose baseball games every weekend. And then sometimes you hit 2 grand slams and beat Alcorn State, 18-1. 

The softball team has struggled at the plate lately, the main factor in preventing it from improving a top-8 ranking. Just when its bats came alive, its series finale in Knoxville was rained out, and won’t be marked an official game. The Crimson Tide get a chance to recapture that momentum when they host Southern Miss on Wednesday night. 

The women’s tennis team will take on Tennessee in the first round of the SEC Tournament on Wednesday morning. Neither team has had a great season, but things look especially bad for Alabama, which hasn’t beaten Tennessee since 2015.

The student-athletes held their own awards banquet, giving the Paul W. Bryant award to swimmer Connor Oslin and volleyball star Krystal Rivers, both All-Americans.

And most importantly, hammer thrower and Alabama signee Bobby Colantonio, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, is done with his extensive chemo treatments.

8 months ago I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma. I had no idea what my life outcome would've been and especially how much time I had on earth left. So Today was my LAST DAY OF CHEMO! I was scheduled for 14 high doses of in patient chemo therapies in conjunction with radiation therapy. Now I have some radiation therapy and a medication once a month for 6 months left. So the great news is all the hard stuff is done. My hair will grow back, no more random sickness, and I'll be able to start training and staying on target for my goal…those olympics rings…. I just wanted so thank you to God for putting me in the right places to thrive no matter what circumstances, and to everyone showing their love and support. It meant the world to me getting a little text or DM just to say hi and how's thing. #FuckCancer #MetasticEwingsSarcoma #childhoodcancer #bamathrows #rolltide

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