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.

Text Only


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee