By Stan J. Griffin

As college football has become more and more of a high-stakes money and power game over the past several years, with changing championship formulas, increasing pressure for coaches, conference realignment and various conferences fighting over lucrative television contracts and national respect, some measure of the tradition which made the game so great has been lost.

And by this statement, I am referring to various items, such as the declining luster of many once-important and celebrated bowl games, the lessening of the importance of the polls and also the loss of great yearly rivalry games such as Texas/Texas A&M and Nebraska/Oklahoma.

In the Southeastern Conference, expansion over the past couple of decades and changing opponent rotations have meant the loss of yearly rival games such as Auburn/Tennessee, which has perennially always been a nice little grudge match.

By Stan J. Griffin

The University of Alabama gymnastics team, coming off another Southeastern Conference championship, but also entering a new era of leadership as Dana Duckworth succeeds departed longtime legendary coach Sarah Patterson, is set to host its annual Ghosts and Goblins intrasquad event Friday night.

The event is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Frances Smith Practice Facility in Coleman Coliseum.

Crimson Tide fans can gain admission at the southeast corner (the UA Law School side) beginning at 6:15 and there will be a limited number of seats available for the competition.

By Stan J. Griffin

Mic Potter's University of Alabama women's golf team is set to complete the fall segment of its schedule this weekend as the Crimson Tide will participate at The Landfall Tradition.

The tournament is held in Wilmington, N.C. at the Dye Course at the Country Club at Landfall, which is a par-72. 6.205-yard course. The Crimson Tide swept medal honors last year and won the team title at the event by eight strokes. Standout senior Stephanie Meadow took the individual crowd for the Tide.

All participating teams will play three rounds, with the tourney beginning Friday and wrapping up Sunday.

By Stan J. Griffin

For fans of Mitch Gaspard's University of Alabama baseball team looking to gain a firsthand look at the season ahead, the Tide will put the wraps on its fall season by participating in its three-day Crimson and Gray World Series.

The three-day event begins Thursday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium and the first pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. The event begins at the same time on Friday and will conclude on Saturday, with first pitch set for 10:30 a.m. that day.

By Stan J. Griffin

On the heels of a tough five-set Southeastern Conference loss to Ole Miss this past Sunday at Foster Auditorium, Ed Allen's University of Alabama volleyball team returns to the road Wednesday for another tough SEC match.

The Crimson Tide (16-5, 4-3 in SEC play) heads to the Plains to battle the Auburn Tigers in a contest that will begin at 8 p.m. The Iron Bowl of volleyball is also slated to be televised nationally by ESPNU.

Alabama is set to battle an Auburn team which has struggled, as the Tigers have an overall record of 9-11, and the host team has only won one of its seven conference matches. The Tide will be looking to defeat Auburn for the third consecutive time.