By Stan J. Griffin

A new era has begun for Larry Davis's University of Alabama rowing program.

On Thursday, the Crimson Tide program held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially christen the opening of its new facility at Manderson Landing, on the Black Warrior River. The event included a host of UA dignitaries, including UA President Dr. Judy Bonner as well as Crimson Tide Athletics Director Bill Battle.

Davis and his coaches and current team members were on hand to host the event, while also interacting with various Crimson Tide fans and media personnel in attendance. Also present at the ceremony to represent Crimson Tide alumni was Victoria Croy, a member of the Tide's inaugural rowing squad. Current Tide captains Logan O'Neil and Courtney Atkinson represented this year's edition of the Crimson Tide along with senior Alyssa Drevenak.

By Stan J. Griffin

The University of Alabama soccer team began what will be a busy Southeastern Conference weekend last night as it hosted its final home tilt of the season.  The Tide collected its fifth home win and fifth shutout in SEC play in a 2-0 win after coming off a 1-0 victory over the Missouri Tigers last Sunday in Columbia.

While the Bulldogs lead the all-time series with the Crimson Tide, Alabama has enjoyed recent success against UGA, with a 3-0-1  record in the last four encounters between the two SEC foes.

By Stan J. Griffin

The No. 4 University of Alabama football team hopes to build on last week's dominating 59-0 win over Texas A&M Saturday as it travels to Knoxville to battle the Tennessee Volunteers.

The game is set for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

Although Butch Jones's Volunteers are still in the midst of a rebuilding process and have struggled to a 3-4 record thus far in 2014 (0-3 in Southeastern Conference play), the Tide will no doubt face a hostile environment in sold-out Neyland Stadium as Alabama and Tennessee renew what has been one of the most fabled rivalries in SEC history.

By Stan J. Griffin

Who would have ever thought that the Alabama-Tennessee football game would find itself relegated behind Southeastern Conference matchups such as Mississippi State/Kentucky and Ole Miss/LSU?

That is indeed the case, however, in the topsy-turvy world that is college football these days as Dan Mullen's No. 1 team from Starkville and Hugh Freeze's No. 3 Rebels have stolen much of the limelight this season that is typically reserved for schools such as Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

The matchup in Neyland Stadium Saturday night between the No. 4 Crimson Tide and Butch Jones' still-rebuilding Volunteers has not generated much discussion other than the overplayed storyline of Lane Kiffin's return to Knoxville and the uncertain status of Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley due to the array of injury issues that can occur due to being sacked 18 times in the last three games.

By Stan J. Griffin

With ESPNU on hand to broadcast the game nationally, and an opponent that had struggled all season long, especially in Southeastern Conference play,  Wednesday's showdown for the University of Alabama volleyball squad against rival Auburn on The Plains had the potential to be a huge night for Ed Allen's Crimson Tide.

And the night did not disappoint as Alabama was able to sweep past the host Tigers in three sets at Auburn Arena 25-12, 25-12, 25-19

The Crimson Tide, after its dominant showing, improved to 17-5 on the season, and 5-3 in SEC play. The sweep over the Tigers (9-12, 1-7) was the first SEC sweep by UA since 2013 against Mississippi State in Starkville.