The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


December 26, 2012

Tide tops list of state’s 2012 sports stories


Back to tournament

Anthony Grant’s Alabama team ended a six-year NCAA tournament drought. The Tide lost 58-57 to Creighton in the first round after Josh Jones blocked Trevor Releford’s 3-point attempt as the clock expired.


The Blazers turned the basketball program over to North Carolina assistant and former Kansas player Jerod Haase in March, replacing Mike Davis and trying to restore the program to its days as regular NCAA tournament participants.

Olympic medals

Ex-Alabama runner Kirani James (Grenada) won the 400-meter gold medal while former Auburn swimmers Tyler McGill and Eric Shanteau were part of the winning 4x100 medley relay team. Auburn athletes collected six medals.

Small college switches

Some of the big moves included Jacksonville State firing football coach Jack Crowe after 13 seasons and hiring South Alabama defensive coordinator Bill Clark. Samford fired men’s basketball coach Jimmy Tillette and hired Bennie Seltzer. Bobby Wallace returned in January to North Alabama, where he won three Division II football titles in the 1990s. South Alabama men’s basketball coach Ronnie Arrow retired 10 games into the current season.

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