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Williams adds sports commission exec to duties

Johnny Williams was announced as the new executive director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission on Tuesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 21, 2016)

Todd Strange figured he didn’t need to look far for the next executive director of the Central Alabama Sports Commission.

The Montgomery mayor had been looking for a replacement for Dr. Ken Blankenship, who stepped down at the end of February after seven years as the only executive director in the history of the commission. Blankenship had previously served as athletic director at Troy University and as executive director of the Alabama High School Coaches and Athletic Directors Association, so he was well connected on several levels of sports. Strange thought he saw the same qualities in Camellia Bowl executive director Johnny Williams.


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New Tide baseball coach has developed winning attitude at previous stops

New Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff speaks during his press conference on Friday. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 18, 2016)

He grew up in Jackson, Tenn., a little bit of an outcast considering his collegiate ties.

“As a kid growing up in Tennessee, I was an Alabama fan but you couldn’t say that very much,” said Greg Goff moments after he was introduced as Alabama’s new baseball coach. “This is my dream job. This is where I always wanted to be. When I was here (in the state) working and watching from afar at Montevallo, seeing coach (Jim) Wells and what they were doing, it was just a dream job for me.”


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Ballers league promotes good health, positive relations

Players warm up prior to a game recently in the Montgomery Independent Ballers league. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 16, 2016)

Anthony Jackson has spent the last 22 years of his life working with the Department of Youth Services, trying to offer a positive perspective to individuals who haven’t found many positives in their lives.

“There’s so much happening in Montgomery,” Jackson said. “I know it’s hard out there for some kids. Fathers aren’t there, mothers and grandmothers having to do everything. We’re trying to put something positive out there because there’s too much violence, too much killing going on.”

Jackson has teamed with Trudale Jackson (no relation) to form the Montgomery Independent Ballers, a six-team basketball league that plays three games every Sunday afternoon at G.W. Carver High’s Edward L. Wood Gym. It’s designed both as an outlet for players 18 and older and as a role model for those teenagers from troubled backgrounds.


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Golden Tigers earn high rankings in preseason polls

Contributed
(June 13, 2016)

With just 82 days before the college football season opens across the country, preseason polls are beginning to be released by several national publications.


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Raycom extends sponsorship contract with Camellia Bowl

The first two years of the Raycom Camellia Bowl has proven successful leading the title sponsor to extend the contract three more years . (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 10, 2016)

Camellia Bowl officials announced at the event’s annual summer luncheon that Raycom Media would extend its title sponsorship of the annual football game through 2019.


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ESPN announces times for all SEC games in September

Contributed
(June 8, 2016)

ESPN and the Southeastern Conference released the game times and network designation of 30 SEC football games during The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network. The schedule includes ESPN’s selections for the first three weeks of the season, in addition to a week 13 matchup of LSU at Texas A&M, slated for Thanksgiving, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. All 30 games will air on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network. Additional selections will be made as the season progresses.


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Hornets make history with visit to FSU in NCAA Regionals

The old baseball field at Alabama State was home to the first ASU team to reach the NCAA tourney. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 3, 2016)

While the 2016 Alabama State University baseball team is making history as the first Hornet team to ever win the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament and earn an automatic invitation to the NCAA Regionals, they’re not the first ASU team to play in an NCAA tournament.


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Kimbrough named associate head coach to replace Hawks' Pugh in 2017

Contributed
(June 2, 2016)

Huntingdon athletic director Mike Turk announced the hiring of Caleb Kimbrough as associate head men’s basketball coach on Thursday.

Kimbrough will assist retiring head coach Mike Pugh during the upcoming 2016-17 season before taking over as head coach entering the 2017-18 season.


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Local standouts among College Football Hall of Fame nominees

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 2, 2016)

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced today the names on the 2017 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including former Alabama stars Bobby Humphrey and E.J. Junior, former Auburn standout Buddy McClinton and former Troy All-American Freddie Thomas.


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Hornets in, Crimson Tide out of NCAA Regionals

Alabama State baseball players react to the announcement that they will face Florida State in the first game of the Tallahassee Region later this week. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama State Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 30, 2016)

Two state teams made history on Monday when the NCAA selection committee announced their selections for this week’s regionals.

Alabama State, which was sent to Tallahassee, Fla., to face host Florida State on Friday evening, made history with the program’s first selection to the NCAA Regionals.

Alabama, which was not selected, became the first team in Southeastern Conference history to post a .500 record or better record three times in conference play (under the 64-team format) and not be selected. The Crimson Tide responded to the snub by announcing veteran coach Mitch Gaspard had resigned.


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Gaspard out as Bama baseball coach

Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced his resignation on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(May 30, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama baseball head coach Mitch Gaspard has resigned from his position effective immediately, Director of Athletics Bill Battle announced Monday.

The announcement came shortly after the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tourney field was announced which excluded Alabama. It was the second straight season the Crimson Tide has missed the field.


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Glover returns to his coaching roots to lead Autauga Academy

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 25, 2016)

Kyle Glover had never coached football when he set foot upon Autauga Academy’s football field in 1994.

Four years later, he was named the head coach and took the Generals to the Class AA championship game in the Alabama Independent School Association state playoffs.

Nearly two decades later, Glover is returning to Autauga as its new football coach, replacing Mike Sims while admitting the Generals’ league has changed somewhat since his departure after the 1998 season.


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Williams adds sports commission exec to duties
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Hornets make history with visit to FSU in NCAA Regionals
Kimbrough named associate head coach to replace Hawks' Pugh in 2017
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