Stories by John Zenor

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Alabama loosens up

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama coach Nick Saban wanted his team to lighten up, to stop fretting so much about the burdensome expectations surrounding the program. It worked.
By John Zenor

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Crimson Tide have their backs against the wall

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - It's not like Alabama hasn't been in these situations before: Facing intense pressure against a highly-ranked opponent with much of the nation watching.
By John Zenor

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

SEC West set for three huge showdowns

Three teams from the Southeastern Conference's powerful Western Division are finally going down. That much is assured Saturday, when six teams ranked in the top 15 clash in an unprecedented day ...
By John Zenor

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Blake Sims leds Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Neither Florida's defense nor Alabama's mistakes could contain Blake Sims and Amari Cooper.
By John Zenor

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Alabama welcomes pair back on defense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama's defense is hoping for a boost from the return of linebacker Trey DePriest and cornerback Eddie Jackson.
By John Zenor

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Auburn pulls away from Arkansas

AUBURN, Ala. - Jeremy Johnson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Nick Marshall returned from suspension with a 19-yard scoring run to lift No. 6 Auburn to a 45-21 ...
By John Zenor

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

Tide, Tigers both have lofty expectations

Alabama and Auburn are no strangers to going into seasons ranked in the top 10 - just not at the same time.
By John Zenor

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Kiffin looks forward to learning behind the scenes at Alabama

Lane Kiffin's job description these days is much more about the playbook than the podium.
By John Zenor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little known QBs ready to prove worth

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much.
By John Zenor

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SEC Network talks with carriers

HOOVER, Ala. — Georgia fan Lee Massengale is already worried about the Bulldogs’ game with Troy, because he's not sure if his cable provider will be carrying the SEC Network.
By John Zenor

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spurrier, South Carolina trying to take next step

Steve Spurrier and South Carolina still chasing that elusive SEC title after string of 11-2 seasons.
By John Zenor

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Talladega Superspeedway praised by NASCAR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mike Helton has seen Talladega Superspeedway's capacity expand in boom times and shrink along with the crowds at one of NASCAR's signature tracks, moving in tandem with the ...
By John Zenor

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SEC wants autonomy among power conferences

HOOVER, Ala. - Autonomy will be the hot topic when Southeastern Conference officials, coaches and athletic directors gather for spring meetings.
By John Zenor

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Arkansas' Grable wins two titles in gymnastics

Arkansas' Katherine Grable captured two titles on the final day of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.
By John Zenor

Friday, April 18, 2014

Georgia earns berth in NCAA's Super Six

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Oklahoma, Georgia and Louisiana State advanced to the Super Six of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.
By John Zenor

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Auburn hires Pearl as coach

Auburn turned to former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl on Tuesday to revive a struggling basketball program that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament in more than a decade.
By John Zenor

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Malzahn, Bowden agree on slow-down rule

Bobby Bowden is against the rule until it's shown that the fast pace leads to more players getting hurt, as proponents like Arkansas' Bret Bielema and Alabama's Nick Saban have argued.
By John Zenor

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Tigers roll over Gamecocks

AUBURN, Ala. - Chris Denson scored 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting to help Auburn beat South Carolina 83-67 on Wednesday night.
By John Zenor

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

SEC men’s hoops upgrade stalling

The SEC took steps to make teams upgrade nonconference schedules starting this season. The goal is to boost power ratings and land more than last year’s three teams in the NCAA Tourna­ment.
By John Zenor

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Auburn tops Georgia for second consecutive SEC win

AUBURN, Ala. - Chris Denson scored 18 points and Auburn made six consecutive free throws over the final 34 seconds in a 74-67 victory over Georgia on Saturday.
By John Zenor
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