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Nick Saban and Kirby Smart compete on more than the gridiron these days.

Alabama football: Nick Saban relives championship loss — again; basketball lands top transfer

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Nick Saban’s plan to move on from the Clemson loss and good news for men’s golf. 

I don’t know about y’all, but before I go off the tee to start a round of golf, I like to be relaxed. Maybe I’m doing a little positive visualization, a little driving range work to try to straighten out my horrible push slice of a drive. What I’m not doing is describing one of the worst moments of my professional career and how I plan to move past it, in detail.

Coach Saban touched on his team’s heartbreaking championship loss, again — this time at a pro-am golf tournament. It has to be the fifth time he’s been asked to do so this offseason. The questions are warranted, but at this point they’ve been answered. Nothing has changed about Saban’s philosophy, his “24-Hour Rule,” etc. etc., but there’s not much else to talk about at this point in the year. That is, unless you’re brave enough to bring up the “quarterback battle,” which Dennis Dodd of CBS did to completely unspectacular and non-news-breaking effect.

College football is year-round, except when it isn’t.

Seatbelt check

News broke late Wednesday night of top transfer target Tevin Mack’s commitment to play the rest of his career at Alabama, just one day after he visited campus. Mack averaged nearly 15 points per game at Texas last season before a falling out with coach Shaka Smart ended his time in Austin. His biggest flaw is free-throw shooting. He shot just 58 percent from the charity stripe, a trend that won’t improve Alabama’s dreadful performance from the line last season.


Built by Bama

Tim Williams signed his first NFL contract Wednesday, the last member of the Ravens class to sign on. His contract will be minimally guaranteed, if at all, thanks to his slide to the third round.

Mark Ingram got his A/C fixed Wednesday.

Alex Avila went 1 for 3 at the plate Wednesday with a double, a walk and 2 runs scored as his Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore, 5-4.

Around the Capstone

After a disastrous second round, the men’s golf team rebounded on the third-and-final day of the NCAA Sammamish Regional, finishing with the best score of the day to regain the third position it held after the first round. Alabama shot a 2-under 282 to finish 10-over for the tournament, enough to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Illinois, beginning May 26.

The nightmare of a first season is almost over for baseball coach Greg Goff. Alabama plays its final series of the season at Vanderbilt this weekend. 

The softball regional starts on Friday morning. Here are some quick hits to tide you over. (Get it?)

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