WATERLOO — Jeremiah Stricklin, who is now the head coach at Waterloo after two years as an assistant, will have to be a little more conservative in his celebrating this year.
FLORENCE — There wasn’t any music coming from the vehicle, but the colorful van that turned into North Alabama’s Bill Jones Athletic Complex caught plenty of eyes.
FLORENCE — Before Bill Walton saw Bill Russell, before Walton met his hero, Walton had heard of the 11-time NBA champion.
FLORENCE — There were still almost three minutes left in the final session of Tuesday’s practice when Chris Willis decided to have his players huddle up at the midfield logo. And so, the mini-speech began.
FLORENCE — Jeremy Provence is about to begin his fifth year coaching cross country at North Alabama. With UNA joining the ASUN Conference and becoming a full-fledged Division I school, this year will be one of the most important of his tenure.
Alabama was voted No. 1 in the preseason USA Today coaches' poll released Monday, with Ohio State second and defending national champion Georgia third.
NASHVILLE — Tennessee rookie quarterback Malik Willis made a business decision when he found himself facing off against Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons in a live tackle drill at training camp.
Mars Hill and Russellville, considered high school football powers in the Shoals, carry some of that reputation statewide, too.
The preseason Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football rankings with first-place votes, win-loss record, total poll points and position in last year’s final poll (*—team played in a different classification last year; individual ballots available to the right):
FLORENCE — Corson Swan looked down at his helmet sitting on the ground and the black, mushroom-like pad that appeared to be sprouting out the top.
FLORENCE — Josh Looney joked there wasn’t any other news planned — at least for this week and not that the North Alabama athletic director knew about yet.