Published April 20, 2012 - 4:41am
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Crimson Tide players welcomed by President Obama at the White House. The president honored the 2011 BCS National Championship team in front of a crowd of about 300 on the south lawn. He spoke of the team’s success on the field and perseverance throughout the season, but he also praised them for their committment off the field as well, specifically in their participation of the cleanup and recovery from the 2011 Tuscaloosa tornadoes. Saban and the team presented Obama with a No. 14 jersey and helmet as well – which he joked he may need going into the upcoming November election. [AL.com]
More names are thrown around for the Razorbacks head coaching gig. A day after reports of Phillip Fulmer being contacted about the Arkansas head coaching job, reports are now surfacing that they are now chasing after current Seahawks and former USC head coach Pete Carroll. The same news source is also reporting that NFL Analyst Steve Mariucci is also in contact for the position. One thing is certain: spring practice has started, so Arkansas has limited time to make a decision and hire a candidate to lead this group of very talented players. [CBS Sports]
Alabama WR DeAndrew White hospitalized after altercation. White was hospitalized early Thursday morning after his involvement in a fight on the Tuscaloosa strip, in which another 31-year-old man was found unconscious and two other men were charged with reckless endangerment for firing handguns in the air. It appears the details of White’s involvement are unclear. As a freshman, White caught 14 passes for Alabama in 2011. [SI.com]
Expect the quarterback battle in Auburn to last well into preseason this fall. Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said Thursday that he has no problem waiting until the end of August to name a starter between Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Zeke Pike. I’m not so sure the three players would feel the same way… [AL.com]
Tennessee announced their assistant coaches salaries. As expected, Sal Sunseri, who came over from Alabama, is making the highest of any assistant coach at $750,000 per year. The next highest is offensive coordinator Jim Chaney at $550,000. UT will spend $2.795 million on its nine-member coaching staff in 2012. [Times Free Press]