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If you ever played high school football and got a chance to play that big game over again, could you?What if your school was going to play that controversial game from your senior year again?
Would you strap it on?Are those dumb questions? Maybe. But maybe not to anyone living in SEC country. Read more...

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Spring football has always been special in this state. It only finishes second to fall football in terms of popularity. Ever since Nick Saban’s arrival in Tuscaloosa, though, spring practice has become much more of an event than a month’s worth of practice. Read more...

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Inside the AHSAA 4-9

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The Alabama High School Athletic Association's Central Board of Control at its spring meeting today approved a six-year agreement to move the AHSAA Super 6 state football championships to Tuscaloosa and Auburn and keep the Final 48 Basketball Championships in Birmingham. Read more...SS

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Inside the AHSAA 04-01

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Anthony Grant has been hired as Alabama's coach after three successful years with Virginia Commonwealth, leaving a school with no football program to take over one where the gridiron reigns. Read more...

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Inside the AHSAA 3-18

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Another “Selection Sunday,” another disappointment for Alabama and Auburn fans. Even though I campaigned for Auburn to get in the Big Dance last week, I am not shocked they were left out. A blindfolded Stevie Wonder in a snowstorm could have seen the Murphy’s Law-esque string of events that helped assure the Tigers would be headed towards the NCAA’s little sister, the NIT (Nobody’s Interested Tournament). Read more...k

kAll the spots have been filled, and the big dance tips off Thursday with LSU talking on Butler. Sportz Blitz, along with Radio Shack, are proud to annouce, not one, but two tournament challenges.

Head over to our forums section to sign up for the Sportz Blitz Bracket Challenge where you could win a $250 gift courtesy of Radio Shack.

Also, come out to JR's tomorrow night, Tuesday the 17th, to be a part of the Sportz Blitz O.T. tournament challenge! You can get more details about that contest here.

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By: Luke Robinson

Whatever Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs did for New Year’s Eve three months ago, it’s working. After an abysmal and forgettable 2008, has any school in the country had a better 2009 than AU? Read more...k


Inside the AHSAA 3-11

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Russell Athletic continues to deal with apparent backlash from allegations pertaining to the company’s closure of the Jerzees de Honduras plant. Several universities have severed contract ties with the apparel company over allegations by workers’ rights groups that the plant was closed because the employees were trying to unionize. Read more...

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Greg Vinson has gotten off to a great start in his rookie year in the Bassmaster Elite Series. You can follow his progress here. Also, check out his boat and Sportz Blitz Outdoors here.k

By: Jay Glazer

Wide receiver Terrell Owens is out in Dallas after three seasons. The move to cut Owens comes a season after the team gave him a four-year, $34 million extension that included a $12 million bonus. Read more...k

By: Laura Johnson

The gym at Benjamin Russell High School has seen nearly six decades of wear and tear with no renovations, but all of that is about to change. The Alexander City School System has decided to use bond money received more than two years ago to begin a much-needed $2.5 million renovation. Read more...k

 


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By: Luke Robinson

If you were anywhere near Alabama Street in Alexander City last Saturday morning, my guess is you heard a booming sigh of relief emanating from J.R.’s Sports Bar and Grill at about 10:45 a.m. Read more...

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By: Luke Robinson

Who says Saturdays in February don’t mean anything in this state? For Auburn basketball coach Jeff Lebo, this may be the most important Saturday of his career. This LSU game is far and away the most crucial game to the future of Jeff Lebo. Lebo has his Tigers riding a four-game winning streak heading into this weekend’s game at LSU. Considering the words “Auburn” and “winning streak” haven’t been strung together since Chris Porter was dunking on the Plains, I’d say that is an impressive feat. Read more...

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By Tommy Deas, Executive Sports Editor

The Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation has teamed with Auburn to bid for the Alabama High School Athletic Association state football and basketball championships starting in 2010. Read more...d

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Stump, a Sussex Spaniel, was crowned "Best in Show" at the 133rd annual Westminster Dog Show. At 10 years old, Stump is the oldest winner in the history of Westminister and the grandfather to a couple of local Sussex spaniels. Read more.. Watch a video of Stump here.

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Now that recruiting is over, I decided to take the average of the three major recruiting rankings (ESPNU, Scout and Rivals) to see where things shake out in the SEC. Without further adieu…dd

The top-ranked player in last year’s high school basketball class, Brandon Jennings, skipped college to play professionally overseas. Could the same thing happen in football? Read more...

 

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Most Auburn fans felt pretty good about how national signing day went for their team. Gene Chizik and his staff of all-star recruiters pulled off, in many people’s mind, the unthinkable by finishing in the top 20 in one recruiting service and 15 in another. I mean think back to when Gene Chizik was announced as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers. Many long-time beat writers and supporters labeled the day as one of the darkest in Auburn history. Surely you haven’t forgotten the fan who camped out at the Auburn airport and emphatically booed Jay Jacobs as he stepped off the plane right after the word that Chizik had been hired began to make its way around the gossip circles. Some Auburn fans said that we had hired our equivalent of Mike Shula. Read more...

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Well, it’s finally over. Now that the ink has dried on all college football recruits’ pledge papers, the 2008 football season can finally be put to bed. All of the bone-crushing hits, unfortunate ball- bounces and precision passes are on a well deserved 6 and a half month hiatus. Read more...d

dThe Alabama high school state tournamnt brackets are out. Check out the Final 48 website right here. Here is the boy's matchups,and here is the girl's. Stay tuned to ahsaaradionetwork.com for the latest news and remember to tune in to your local affiliate for complete coverage of the Final 48. The broadcast schedule for the Final 48 can be located here and here.

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Many of the top recruits in the country will be making one of the most important decisions of their lives today. The key word being THEIR. I think many of us get too consumed in the decisions that these young men make. Recruiting, in my opinion, has become more important to fans than the actual season. While recruiting is very crucial to any team's success, we need to realize that we are dealing with 17 and 18 year old kids. Read more...

The Dark Side

When Mike Shula was shown the door at the end of the 2006 season, the stars aligned perfectly for Nick Saban. Everything fell into place like a 3- year- old’s jigsaw puzzle. Alabama needed a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach with a penchant for recruiting…. Nick Saban wanted out of the NFL and preferred to coach in the rugged SEC. It is a match that has worked well so far. Now the same type of situation may be unfolding on the Tide hoops’ front. ‘Bama needs a new head man who doesn’t coddle his players and Bobby Knight apparently has an itch to coach again. This time, though, I am not so sure there should be a “Love Connection”. While Knight is obviously an all time great college basketball coach, there are plenty of reasons for ‘Bama to avoid him like James Willis should avoid the War Eagle Supper Club. Read more...

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Recruiting expert, Shane Youngblood from BamaOnline.com

Tune in to Kowaliga Country 97.5fm in the Lake Martin area or click the Listen Live tab to the right. Sportz Blitz Overtime airs between 7pm and 8pm central.

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Recruiting expert, Jason Caldwell from InsidetheAuburnTigers.com

Bass Master Elite Series Pro, Greg Vinson, gregvinson.com

Tune in to Charter Communications Ch. 2 in the Lake Martin area, Ch. 6 in Birmingham, and Ch. 99 in Montgomery between 6pm and 7pm central standard time. Also, click on the Listen Live tab to the right for audio from the show.

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By: Luke Robinson

Quick question: When is a commitment not a commitment? When it is a commitment, of course.Confused? Well, join the club. On the heels of one of the wildest two weeks you will see during an offseason, I think Webster’s may want to rewrite its definition for the word “commitment." Read more...

 

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Alexander City native and host of Sportz Blitz Outdoors, Greg Vinson is off to a great start in his first BassMasters Elite Series Pro Tournament. Click here to follow Greg throughout the tournament. Also be sure to check out gregvinson.com and the Sportz Blitz Outdoors website for more information.s

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I always fancied myself as a coach growing up. The people I looked up to most were my parents and the coaches I seemed to spend more time with than at home. After the resignations of Mike McCombs at BRHS and Mark Gottfried at Alabama this week, I've come to one conclusion I made the right decision in not becoming a coach myself. Read more...

The Dark Side

Now that Mark Gottfried can officially add “former” to his “Alabama basketball coach” title, I wonder how exactly he will be remembered. After the initial frustration of this season gone awry wears off, will be celebrated for his many accomplishments? Or perhaps the frustration never does completely go away… After all, no team in the SEC could send its own fans into a rage like one coached by Gottfried. Read more...

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DALLAS (AP) — Terrell Owens hopes to score with a new cable reality show. The Dallas Cowboys' controversial wide receiver will star in his own show on VH1 this summer, giving fans a look into his life off the field. Read more...s

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University of Alabama head men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried has resigned effective immediately, UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced today. Crimson Tide assistant coach Philip Pearson will assume the role of interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Read more...

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Everybody Loves a Winner

When you think of SEC basketball and fan support, the first two programs that come to mind are Kentucky's Men and Tennessee's Women. Sunday was a refreshing change from the norm though in Auburn as 12,000 plus fans (5000 more than the previous record for an Auburn Womens game) came to watch the Auburn ladies take their overall record to 20-0 with an 82-68 win over #12 Tennessee. Read more...

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Values and Trust, Where have they gone?

There is a lot to be said for values and trust. Those two words are very powerful when it comes to labeling one's character. But does anybody care about them anymore? Read more...s

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There are two things I can count on happening by mid-January every year: I have already broken all of my New Year’s resolutions and Brett Favre is wavering on a return to the NFL.Though I always beat myself up about my failed resolutions, I have never been as upset as many NFL fans about Favre. Sure, he puts us through this non-retirement-retirement circus every year, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching number 4 his entire career dating back to his senior season at Southern Miss (Alabama and Auburn fans should remember that year well, as the Eagles knocked off both the Tide and Tigers).Read more...

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In dramatic fashion, Alabama coach Nick Saban has filled his two staff openings.The school has confirmed Auburn linebackers coach James Willis and Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Sal Sunseri as Alabama's newest defensive assistants.Read more...

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Who, like myself, cheer for their hometown athletes to do well? Luckily being from Alexander City we have many athletes, college and professional, we can cheer for. From Bill White with the Chicago Cubs, Jerome Gamble with the Atlanta Braves, and Eric Brock with the Atlanta Falcons, I would put Alexander City up against any other city of our size in the country when producing great athletes. Probably the most heralded athlete from Alexander City, Terrell Owens, you don't see on this list. Why you may ask? The reason I personally don't have him listed is I can't decide from week to week whether I want to cheer for him, or he just disgusts me. Read more...s

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A native of Opelika, Lee was a graduate of Clift High School (now Opelika High School) where he played football. He did not play sports at Auburn, saying he opted for marriage and raising children instead. But it was at Auburn that the seeds were sown for an outstanding coaching career.Read more...

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Check out this week's installment of Inside the AHSAA Weekly, right here.

The Dark Side

There are few certainties in life: We all pay taxes… we all could use more stimulus checks… we all wish Tebow would have gone pro and left us alone.Other than those three listed, most things are not so certain. However, I can one more addition to the queue: I am 100% certain that no matter what you did last Saturday, you had more fun than I did. Read more...

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Auburn picks up two commitments over the weekend, John Sullen and Clint Moseley, and the big news online is Auburn is settling for 2 Star talent. This makes me wonder, how and who decides what is a 2 Star talent, and what is 4 Star talent? Read more...

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WASHINGTON — The incoming chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Wednesday that he will hold hearings and possibly subpoena NCAA officials, college presidents, players, coaches and athletics directors in effort to force a playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Read more...

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R and B media is proud to present the debut of its weekly segment, Inside the AHSAA Weekly. Randy Lee, Brett Pritchard, and Ron Ingram take a look at the latest news around Alabama High School athletics. Check this week's audio version of show out here.

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Another Wednesday, another loss for both Alabama and Auburn in hoops.

Honestly, we should all be used to this by now. Alabama was done in a stretch in the second half where they were apparently protesting playing defense and AU was cooked by their incredible knack for missing free throws. Read more...

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There are many adjectives that come to mind when describing Alabama's game against Utah in last Friday's Sugar Bowl. “Pathetic,” “uninspired” and “lackluster” all fit the bill for sure. However, the most fitting title may not be as obvious: “meaningless.” Read more...

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Winning either division in the SEC is an arduous task. It takes a combination of talent, coaching, scheduling and luck to get to Atlanta in early December. Therefore, I have put together three rankings (I excluded luck obviously) to try and piece together who will come out on top in the SEC West in 2009. Read more...

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Pro bass fisherman Randy Howell watched with limited interest on New Year's Day as Georgia trounced Michigan State in football. The smoked turkey he had brought got most of his attention.

The upcoming Bassmaster Classic in which Howell will participate finally became a topic of conversation but that talk didn't last long. The unknown future of the 2009 Bassmaster season was obviously heavy on his mind. Read more...

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday. Read more...

Read Barkley's oral statements here.

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Happy New Year everyone! Today we're unveiling a new section called "Media". Here we'll be uploading audio,video and pictures from anything and everything R and B Media. I just uploaded 2 video segments from a recent Sportz Blitz Live episode featuring former Auburn linebacker and current University of South Alabama Assisstant Athletic Director, Haven Fields and an interview with Auburn five star linebacker committment Eltoro Freeman. What are you waiting for? Check it out!

 

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The no-huddle offense will be back at Auburn in 2009. Auburn has hired Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and is expected to announce the news later this afternoon, the Press-Register has learned. Malzahn and head coach Gene Chizik are likely to meet with media in Auburn on Monday. Read more...

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Considering how busy everyone is this holiday season, my guess is very few of you have had a moment to ponder your New Year’s resolutions. Read more...

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Many years, the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Super 12 football team is made up of big-ticket recruits from larger schools. This year, smaller is the new larger. Read more....

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Here's some more images from the Alabama Mississippi All Star Classic. In this set we have Dre Kirkpatrick, some AL offensive linemen, A.J. McCarron, Kendall Kelly, Ralph Poelinitz, Tana Patrick, Tyler Russell, and John Sullen. Thanks to Luke Robinson for the pictures.

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Amidst all the charges of racism, nepotism, cronyism,  and any other type of “-ism” the national and local media can charge Auburn University’s athletic department with, all Auburn fans  need to get behind new Head Coach Gene Chizik. This may not be the popular hire or ultimately the right hire, but the hiring has been made and the worst thing Auburn fans can do is turn their backs on the university and team. Right or wrong he’s our coach. Continue Reading...

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Here's a letter from former Auburn Coach Pat Dye concerning the state of Auburn football and theirs recent hire.

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Here are some pictures taken by the guys down at the Alabama Mississippi All Star Classic. Tune into your local affiliate for today's Alabama Mississippi All Star Classic or check out al.com.

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Thanks to everyone who tuned in and listened to the AHSAA Radio Network this past weekend for the AHSAA Super 6 broadcast. The broadcast went amazing thanks to everyone's hard work. Thanks to all the affiliates who carried these games in its first year and our wonderful sponsors. Tune in Saturday, December 13th, as the AHSAA Radio Network broadcasts the Alabama-Mississippi High School All Star Classic at 12pm Central Time from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.

Also, keep checking around our site as updates are coming daily! Stay tuned!!!

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Nov. 12, 2008 FOR RELEASE IMMEDIATELY

AHSAA PARTNERS WITH R&B Media Group

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association and R&B Media Group have partnered to form the AHSAA Radio Network. AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese announced the agreement Wednesday.

R&B Media, LLC, located in Dadeville, will produce the radio network coverage for major AHSAA events including the Super 6 Football Championships and the State Basketball Tournament’s semifinals and finals.

Randy Lee and Brett Pritchard are co-owners of R&B Media. The duo currently produce two weekly television shows, Sports Blitz Live and Sports Blitz Outdoors. They also produce and co-host two radio shows: Sports Blitz Saturday Countdown and Sports Blitz Overtime. In addition, R&B Media hold the rights to the Wildcat Football Network, the broadcasting arm for Benjamin Russell High School Athletics in Alexander City.

“I am truly excited to announce this partnership,” Savarese said. “Brett and Randy are wanting to do this for all the right reasons. They have an impressive track record and a vast experience dealing with high sports and radio. I am impressed with the way they conduct themselves.

“This is a very positive step to better serve the schools of the AHSAA and the children of this state.”

The agreement paves the wave for R&B Media to develop a statewide radio network and will also help promote the AHSAA on a weekly basis through AHSAA Update reports and other special promotions. The agreement was brokered by the AHSAA’s marketing partner, Alabama Sports Foundation.

"First of all let me say what an honor it is to be partnered with the AHSAA,” said Pritchard, “(The AHSAA) does so much for young men and women throughout the state of Alabama, and I feel very fortunate to be part of that now.

“As a broadcaster, I feel that this statewide network will give everyone who is passionate about high school athletics an opportunity to be closer to all the high schools in the state. I can't really express how humbled I am to be able to bring the play-by-play of AHSAA Championships to everyone.”

Pritchard is beginning his 10th year as coordinator of public and high school relations at Central Alabama Community College. He also serves CACC as sports information director. A 1997 graduate of Auburn University, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and a Masters in English.

Lee is also the owner Lee Apparel, LLC and Spiral Athletic, LLC, located in Dadeville, and is a 1996 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School. He graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business, and a minor in Spanish. Lee is currently in his fourth season as color commentator for Benjamin Russell High School Football.

"It is truly an honor to be chosen to partner with the AHSAA to bring the radio and online coverage of AHSAA Championships and All Star events,” Lee said. “I truly have a passion for high school athletics which I feel plays a key role in the education of our young men and women throughout the state of Alabama.

“The AHSAA has a vision to grow the coverage of high school athletics throughout the state, and I look forward to playing a role in this expansion."