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Oklahoma tops Auburn in Sugar Bowl

By Charles Goldberg AuburnTigers.com NEW ORLEANS -- Injuries and Oklahoma were too much for Auburn in the Sugar Bowl on Monday night. Starting quarterback Sean White suffered a broken forearm on the first drive of the game and Oklahoma ran past the Tigers in the second half in a 35-19 victory in the Superdome. [caption id="attachment_37378" align="alignleft" width="300"] Auburn's Kamryn Pettway gained 101 y ...

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Kiffin out, Sarkisian in as Alabama OC for championship game

Steve Sarkisian will take over play calling duties a game earlier than expected after Alabama parted ways with Lane Kiffin on Monday. Alabama faces Clemson for the national championship on Jan. 8. "We appreciate all that Lane has done for our football program over the last three years," Saban said. "We sat down following the Washington game and talked about the time demands of managing both jobs, and we rec ...

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TCBOE accepts Johns’ resignation

By Chris Yow Editor TRUSSVILLE -- The Trussville City Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of Hewitt-Trussville High School Athletics Director Karen Johns during a called board meeting on Monday morning. According to a release from the school board, a search for her replacement will begin immediately. [caption id="attachment_14900" align="alignleft" width="300"] Karen Johnsphoto courtesy of T ...

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Auburn defense is ready for Sugar Bowl challenge

By Charles Goldberg AuburnTigers,com NEW ORLEANS — The improvement is noticeable. Auburn's defense has jumped from 71st in the nation last year to 21st in total defense this year, is fifth nationally in scoring defense, has held all 12 opponents below their scoring average. THe defense has been consistent enough this season, and looks to make one last stand against Oklahoma in Monday's Sugar Bowl in the Sup ...

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Alabama stifles Washington, heads to championship game

ATLANTA, Ga. – Led by a Crimson Tide bowl-record 180 yards on the ground from running back Bo Scarbroughand an opportunistic and often stifling defense, the No. 1-ranked University of Alabama football team won the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, 24-7, over No. 4 Washington Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 75,996 at the Georgia Dome. Alabama is now 14-0 on th ...

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VIDEO: Southern football lore began with Alabama vs Washington in 1926

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports As Alabama prepares to face Washington (2 p.m. ESPN) in Saturday's first round of the College Football Playoff, it's fitting to remember the first time the two schools met almost 91 years ago. The game is commonly referred to as "the game that changed the south." News Years Day of 1926 launched one of the most storied programs in all of college football into the his ...

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Analysis: Clemson, Ohio State vie for spot in final

By David Knox, Sports Editor There is a gnawing urge to write about how Nick Saban is right – the playoffs have hurt the bowl games – and to supply the addendum that they’ve hurt the regular season, and that it’s only going to get worse. The Ohio State University may very well have one of the four best teams in the country, but the Buckeyes couldn’t even win their own division, much less the Big Ten. In the ...

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Cougars boys stumble against Fairfield, rally for consolation bracket championship at Choo-Choo Classic

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports Clay-Chalkville saw its run derailed at Shades Valley in the 60th annual Choo-Choo Classic boys basketball tournament. The Cougars, 12-1 after an emotional Class 6A, Area 12 win at Pinson Valley, never got rolling against the Fairfield Tigers in the tournament opener. They dropped a 56-38 decision, the fewest points the Cougars have scored this season and the most t ...

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Unbeaten Bama takes on Washington in semifinal game

By David Knox, Sports Editor What do you need to know about Alabama’s national semifinal matchup against Washington? That Alabama is 4-0 all-time vs. the Huskies? That Alabama beat Washington 20-19 in the 1926 Rose Bowl, the Crimson Tide’s first bowl game ever? Should anything about Alabama football dominance have changed in 90 years? OK, forget history. How about Alabama 52, Southern Cal 6; Southern Cal 26 ...

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New PVHS coach driven toward a goal

Pinson Valley’s new girls coach knows something about perseverance and she’s passing it on to her new team By David Knox, Sports Editor PINSON – Four wins for a basketball team as the New Year approaches may not seem like anyone’s measurement of success. It certainly isn’t Pinson Valley coach Sara Halasz’s idea of success. But she’s using a different measuring stick, anyway. But when you consider that the L ...

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