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CFB Notebook: Bama weighs adding Irish, Longhorns

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March 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm.

Jan 20, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide players Bradley Bozeman (75) and Anthony Averett (28) and Shaun Dion Hamilton (20) pose with head coach Nick Saban and College Football Playoff president Bill Hancock with the trophy at the Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 20, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide players Bradley Bozeman (75) and Anthony Averett (28) and Shaun Dion Hamilton (20) pose with head coach Nick Saban and College Football Playoff president Bill Hancock with the trophy at the Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame and Texas could soon be added to Alabama’s football schedule.

The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News is reporting the school is negotiating home-and-home football games with the Fighting Irish and the Longhorns.

Since Nick Saban took over the program in 2007, Alabama has scheduled just one home-and-home series. The Crimson Tide played Penn State at Tuscaloosa in 2010 and then traveled to Happy Valley in 2011. Saban also traveled to Duke in 2010 to complete a previous home-and-home agreement.

–Kentucky transfer linebacker Eli Brown, a former four-star recruit who started five games last season, committed to Western Kentucky, he announced on Twitter.

Brown made 38 tackles last season as a redshirt sophomore. He announced last month that he was leaving the Wildcats, even though he was seemingly in line for a bigger role in 2018.

Brown, the highest-rated player in Western Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class, played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016.

–Jake Suder expected to be the kicker this year for Bowling Green, but a mistake in figuring his eligibility instead has ended his college career a year earlier than expected.

Suder might be remembered for being the walk-on who answered coach Mike Jinks’ challenge before the start of last season and nailed a 53-yard attempt to earn a scholarship. The celebration went viral and Suder made appearances on national television programs.

But after transferring to Bowling Green after playing at Division II Notre Dame College, Suder thought 2015 was a redshirt year. “I thought I was a redshirt sophomore heading into the 2016 season.”

The Bowling Green athletic department discovered Suder’s eligibility had been used up at the end of last season. Suder appealed to the NCAA, but was denied.

–Georgia fired its long-time football equipment manager after he was charged with three counts of illegal eavesdropping or surveillance.

Kevin Purvis was booked into Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) jail after being accused of placing a hidden camera in the Bulldogs’ locker room shower. The 37-year-old also faces a felony charge of possessing a Schedule II controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession.

The university said no student-athletes were “victims” in the incident.

 

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