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  • #1251 by jbcarol on 27 Jan 2018
  • Former Auburn standout Brad Lester arrested in Georgia on child pornography charge



    Ex-Auburn running back Brad Lester pleads guilty to lesser charges after child-pornography arrest


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    After being charged with one count of unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance and one count of creating or possessing child pornography with the intent to distribute last month, former Auburn running back Brad Lester has reached a plea agreement with the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office.

    TMZ Sports reported Lester would receive a probationary sentence after pleading guilty this week to unlawful eavesdropping, theft by receiving stolen property and two counts of being a peeping tom.

    On his Instagram account on Thursday, Lester posted: "Innocent of all charges and allegations on this bs up to Gwinnett county jail and a few other outside media reporters. Lies have no boundaries and getting out of control."

    Lester was arrested on Dec. 21. He was alleged to have used his cellphone to film secretly a juvenile male in a bathroom stall at a restaurant in the Dacula, Georgia, area on Nov. 6.

    Lester played at Auburn from 2004 through 2008. He ran for 1,689 yards and 19 touchdowns on 371 carries and caught 26 passes for 258 yards and three TDs. Lester rushed for a career-high 98 yards in Auburn's 17-10 victory over Alabama in 2007.
  • #1252 by jbcarol on 29 Jan 2018
  • Report: Boy accused in school shooting is son of journalist who went to cover it

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    15-year-old suspect accused of killing two classmates and injuring about two dozen others at Marshall County High School has been identified in two news reports, and Courier Journal reports he was the son of a journalist who went to the school to cover the shooting.

    Courier Journal reported Gabe Parker’s mother, Mary Garrison Minyard, went to the scene in her role as the editor of the Marshall County Daily Online, only to find out the alleged shooter was her son. One of her colleagues, Ann Beckett, told a Courier Journal reporter she took over the story.
  • #1253 by jbcarol on 01 Feb 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Report: Former Texas A&M QB commit Tate Martell among prominent athletes who purchased fake Twitter followers


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    Martell, a former Texas A&M quarterback commit, was among those listed in a recent story from The New York Times about social media’s “black market” that detailed how individuals can collect numerous fake accounts for their Twitter followings...

    Martell currently has more than 86,900 Twitter followers. The Class of 2017 member committed to the Aggies in August 2015 before his de-commitment the following May. He committed to Ohio State in June 2016.

    As detailed by the Dallas Morning News’ Scott Bell, Martell has been involved with various antics on Twitter that created waves among Texas A&M fans.

    Of course, it’s not illegal to buy Twitter followers. But it’s a strange thing to do, for sure.
  • #1254 by jbcarol on 02 Feb 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Fan responds hilariously after Gus Malzahn mistakes him for recruit Calvin Anderson on Twitter


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    Former Rice offensive tackle Calvin Anderson is the hottest commodity on the college football transfer market right now. Blue bloods across the country such as Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan and Auburn are recruiting him for his final season of collegiate eligibility.

    Anderson is so highly sought after that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is even contacting other people with the same name on Twitter. Whoops.

    Earlier this week, Malzahn sent a Twitter DM to a Florida State student named Calvin Anderson. And the student couldn’t have come up with a better response:

    “Thank you for the interest coach Malzahn, you might have the wrong Calvin Anderson,” he wrote. “But if you want, I can send you a highlight tape of my outstanding intramural career. I think you’ll be impressed.”
  • #1255 by jbcarol on 11 Feb 2018
  • The Oxford Eagle‏ @OxfordEagle

    Headstone heist


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    Oxford Police Department was called to the former Mr. Feathers at 10 Thacker Road on Jan. 31 to take a theft report.

    The management reported that an Ole Miss memorabilia headstone valued at $1,500 was taken from the property.

    Investigators were able to identify 20-year-old Kelli Ann Camp of Oxford, 19-year-old Jose Meraz of Coldwater, 19-year-old Nathan Moss of Grenada, and 20-year-old Brandon Byrd of Southaven as the ones who allegedly stole the headstone.

    The four surrendered themselves to the OPD on Tuesday and agreed to return the headstone.

    They were all taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where they were charged with grand larceny and booked on $1,500 bonds.

    They would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for some meddling kids.
  • #1256 by jbcarol on 13 Feb 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Alabama awarded patent for sideline privacy tent developed for Crimson Tide football


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    If you’ve watched a game during the past couple of seasons, you’ve seen the SidelinER, the sideline privacy tent that trainers and medical staff use to examine players during games. It was created and developed at Alabama, and the university announced on Monday that it’s been granted a patent covering the collapsible and portable design.

    Specifically, United States patent 9,856,672 was issued on Jan. 2, the day after Alabama defeated Clemson 24-6 in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The application was dated Sept. 11, 2015.

    “The patent clearly adds another layer of protection to what we feel like is a unique idea,” Jeff Allen, director of sports medicine at UA...

    The idea came from a brainstorming session between Allen and Chuck Karr, dean of the College of Engineering, in May 2015, after coming up with a portable spray system used to cool players during practices in the Alabama heat.

    Allen starting talking about being frustrated that he couldn’t even talk to a player without numerous cameras zooming in and 100,000-plus fans staring down at the trainer’s table.

    “Imagine going to the doctor’s office and getting on the table in the lobby, in front of 30 or 40 people,” he told Bleacher Report in 2016. “Now imagine 100,000 people watching you.”

    He took a white board and crudely drew what he thought could be ideal.

    “I need something that’s going to lay down and come up almost like an umbrella, that’s going to cover this but be up and down in a [snap] real quick,” Allen said. “Could you build something like this?”
  • #1257 by jbcarol on 17 Feb 2018
  • #1258 by jbcarol on 25 Feb 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster demands apology from Missouri and the SEC, defends Dawn Staley


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    Another prominent name has gotten involved in the ever-growing beef between the South Carolina and Missouri women’s basketball programs. And this time, it is South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

    McMaster took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon demanding an apology.

    Henry McMaster‏Verified account @henrymcmaster

    Anything short of a full retraction & apology from @SEC and @Mizzou is an insult to every South Carolinian.  @dawnstaley is GOLD MEDAL role model for our daughters and sons. We stand with Dawn.  #TeamSC 🇺🇸


    Earlier this week, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley filed a defamation lawsuit against Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk, after Sterk claimed that Staley “promoted” an atmosphere that reportedly led to Tigers players being spit on by fans during a game between Missouri and South Carolina on Jan. 28 in Columbia, S.C.

    After the lawsuit had been reported, Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright and University of Missouri System President Mun Y. Cho released a joint statement defending Sterk, who was hired in 2016.

    “We remain confident in University of Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk. Since he came here in August 2016, Jim has exhibited a passion for our student athletes and their success and safety both on and off the court. He has proven himself to be an excellent administrator,” the statement said.

    Sterk was also fined $25,000 by the SEC for his comments. Staley is seeking up to $75,000 in damages through her lawsuit.
  • #1259 by jbcarol on 25 Feb 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Tennessee student dies after collapsing during amateur boxing match


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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee student died in the midst of an amateur boxing event on Friday night.

    Tanner Wray, a 20-year-old junior, collapsed to the mat as he was walking to his corner in the second round of his fight in the 38th annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament.

    Wray, an aerospace engineering and science student from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., was boxing in the ninth bout of the night and appeared to be winning the fight according to a boxing official that was ringside.

    The rest of the event, which is organized by Knoxville Golden Gloves, was cancelled.

    Wray, a former high school quarterback, was fighting for the Chi Phi...

    Knoxville Golden Gloves:
    With great sadness, we remember Joseph Tanner Wray and his family and the tragic loss that occurred on Friday, February 23, 2018. The entire Golden Gloves family is heartbroken by his passing and extend our most heartfelt condolences to all that knew and loved Tanner.

    Over the last 50 years, Knoxville Golden Gloves has worked to keep boxers safe and to avoid any serious injuries in over 6,000 amateur boxing bouts.

    On February 23rd, after the end of the second round, Tanner collapsed. Within seconds, a team of 11 medical professionals attended to him and provided care and transferred him to UT Medical Center. The doctors and nurses did everything possible to resuscitate Tanner, but were unsuccessful.

    After this tragic event, the remainder of the tournament was cancelled out of respect to Tanner. Golden Gloves is fully cooperating with all ongoing investigations and is hopeful the results will assist in preventing similar tragedies in the future.
  • #1260 by jbcarol on 02 Mar 2018

  • AL.com sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    Texas Wesleyan baseball coach fired after rejecting recruit due to Colorado marijuana laws
    https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/969353716523585537/NLwiCrqH?format=jpg&name=600x314


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    Texas Wesleyan University has fired baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat after he told a high school senior in an email he would not recruit the player because he was from Colorado.

    Citing Colorado's marijuana legalization laws and "liberal politicians," Jeffcoat told Gavin Bell, a senior at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colo., that he would not recruit him on any player from his state.

    "Thank you for the interest in our program," Jeffcoat wrote. "Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test.

    "We have made a decision to not take a chance on student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of luck wherever you decide to play."



    Jeffcoat, 58, pitched 10 seasons in the major leagues, including six with the Texas Rangers. He had been head coach at Texas Wesleyan since 2002.
  • #1261 by jbcarol on 02 Mar 2018
  • knoxnews
    ‏ @knoxnews

    KPD: Three men — one pants-less — run from wreck on I-40 http://bit.ly/2CSMs0F


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    Three male suspects who ran from a stolen vehicle that flipped on Interstate 40 East were caught on Thursday afternoon, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

    The wreck was reported just after 2:30 p.m. on I-40 near Alcoa Highway.

    One of the suspects who ran from the wreck was not wearing pants, KPD said in a tweet.

    Officers caught the three suspects near Sutherland Avenue.

    One juvenile was being treated for injuries sustained in the wreck, police said.
  • #1262 by jbcarol on 10 Mar 2018
  • AL.com
    ‏Verified account @aldotcom
    8h8 hours ago

    Former petting zoo worker sentenced to 4 years imprisonment in child molestation case https://trib.al/lXwosz4


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    Maine man has been sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty in an Alabama child molestation case.

    Daryl [Wayne?] Raymond Jr. was working for Jungle Safari traveling petting zoo when he was accused of molesting children in Florence in 2016. Earlier this year, the 50-year-old pleaded guilty to two lesser charges of attempted sexual abuse of a child.

    Raymond on Wednesday was handed two 10-year split sentences with two years to be spent in prison for each count, court records show. The sentences will run concurrently, keeping Raymond behind bars for four years. Raymond also is required to register as a sex offender, avoid all contact with the victims, and pay court costs, fines and fees, per Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Gil Self...

    Raymond no longer works for Jungle Safari, a Florida-based petting zoo that travels to malls, fairs and festivals across the country.
  • #1263 by jbcarol on 11 Mar 2018
  • Nashville Mayor Megan Barry pleads guilty to felony theft

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    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft of property over $10,000 related to her affair with former police bodyguard Sgt. Rob Forrest, Jr.

    As part of a plea agreement, Barry agreed to resign as mayor and reimburse the city $11,000 in restitution, and serve three years of probation.

    Because Barry has already paid the full restitution and resigned, her probation will be unsupervised...

    Funk declined to comment after the hearing.
  • #1264 by jbcarol on 31 Mar 2018
  • RedditCFB
    ‏ @RedditCFB

    3 recent former players: Clemson's CJ Fuller and Jadar Johnson, along with Duke's Quaven Ferguson, accused of robbing someone at gunpoint in a downtown Clemson apartment:


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    Former Clemson football players C.J. Fuller and Jadar Johnson and former Duke defensive tackle Quaven Ferguson were arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

    The three are accused of robbing someone at gunpoint in an apartment in downtown Clemson. Police were called to the scene at around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

    According to a press release from the Clemson Police Department, the three are accused of knocking on the victim’s door and forcing their way inside when the victim opened the door.

    The suspects are accused of taking cash and a cell phone. They are being held in the Clemson City Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

  • #1265 by jbcarol on 03 Apr 2018
  • Michael Carvell
    ‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Tennessee football family: Charges against ETSU coach Randy Sanders ‘sound like bullcrap’


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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — East Tennessee State football coach Randy Sanders is on administrative leave on account of slapping the helmet of a  player, according to the Johnson City Press.

    Sanders, a former Tennessee quarterback from Morristown who spent 17 years as an assistant with the Vols, including the final seven years as offensive coordinator (1998-2005), was hired last fall to oversee the Bucs program.

    Sanders was the offensive coordinator for Tennessee when the program won the 1998 national championship game, assuming the duties on short notice when David Cutcliffe left the team early to assume head coaching duties at Ole Miss.

    Jim Clausen, a former collegiate football assistant coach who had two sons play for Sanders at Tennessee, was infuriated by the report.

    The Johnson City Press reported that, according to two people close to the program, Sanders reportedly hit freshman Tyree Robison on the helmet when he wouldn’t take a knee during a drill.

    “He slapped a guy on the helmet ,and they suspended him for that, seriously?” said former Tennessee tailback Travis Henry, the Vols’ all-time leading rusher. “That does sound like some bullcrap...
  • #1266 by jbcarol on 06 Apr 2018
  • AL.com sports
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    46m46 minutes ago

    Maybe Nick Saban and LeBron James could settle this in Mayberry? https://trib.al/WGzi7n2
  • #1267 by jbcarol on 11 Apr 2018
  • AL.com sports
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    Four Mississippi State students are believed to have broken into Alabama's football complex last week and stolen memorabilia https://trib.al/Sjzyoo5


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    An officer wrote in the charging documents that "various items of memorabilia from within" were stolen.
  • #1268 by jbcarol on 22 Apr 2018

  • Michael Carvell
    ‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Former Ole Miss star Greg Hardy reportedly booked to make pro MMA debut


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    Former Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy reportedly will make his professional MMA debut during the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series.

    Will see if Hardy inflicts more damage on Brandon Sayles than he did on Nicole Holder.



    Hardy represents "The Other Side" of Briarcrest from the 2000s.
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  • Matt Jones
    ‏ @KySportsRadio

    What did you do today? #HillbillyDays


    Parade float at Hillbilly Days in the Eastern Kentucky mountains about half way between UK and UT.
  • #1272 by jbcarol on 02 May 2018
  • Glenn Jacobs
    ‏ @GlennJacobsTN
    20h20 hours ago

    Glenn, along with his family, volunteers and supporters declare victory in a hard-fought Knox County Mayoral race this evening. Together we won! Tomorrow, we move forward.




    Very close 14 vote lead in a primary election with provisional ballots to be counted for the Demon Kane.
  • #1273 by jbcarol on 04 May 2018
  • ABC News
    ‏Verified account @ABC

    James Shaw Jr., the hero of the April 22 Waffle House shooting, has raised over $183,000 for victims of the deadly attack. https://abcn.ws/2HBn8nn
  • #1274 by jbcarol on 04 May 2018
  • WWE's Kane officially wins Knox County mayoral primary


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    Glenn Jacobs (Kane) will officially be the Republican nominee and is the overwhelming favorite to become the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

    Jacobs ended election night with a 17-vote lead and added to that margin when election officials decided on 43 provisional ballots today. Jacobs picked up seven votes, Brad Anders, who came in second place, added one vote to his total, and third-place finisher Bob Thomas gained four votes.

    The runner-up did not challenge Jacobs.
  • #1275 by jbcarol on 14 May 2018
  • Stacey Barchenger
    ‏Verified account @sbarchenger

    “To say the Long Island Iced Tea came from Tennessee is like saying you go hula dancing in Alaska." Tennessee town claims origin of Long Island Iced Tea and a battle ensues: https://knoxne.ws/2rBntMu  via @knoxnews

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  • https://amp.courier-journal.com/amp/638998002

    Louisville attorney won primary for District Judge on Tuesday. Died today.
  • #1279 by jbcarol on 27 May 2018
  • St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile filed a federal civil lawsuit Thursday afternoon against the Alabama High School Athletic Association, alleging that a new AHSAA rule penalizes some private school sports teams for being successful, and puts their athletes in harms way

    The suit calls on the court to abolish the so-called "competitive balance" rule


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    56-page filing describes the new AHSAA rule as "arbitrary, discriminatory and dangerous," labels the AHSAA conduct in the matter as "arbitrary and reckless," and says that the rule was "motivated by a bare desire to harm and disadvantage a politically unpopular group."

    The AHSAA:

    "The Competitive Balance Factor was unanimously approved by the AHSAA Central Board of Control on Nov. 13, 2017, upon the unanimous recommendation of a Classification Committee comprised of representatives from both public and private schools," Savarese's statement said. "I am very disappointed that the process to resolve differences that all member schools agree to upon becoming members was not satisfactory for St. Paul's Episcopal School.  Questions regarding the litigation filed by St. Paul's Episcopal School should be addressed to AHSAA's legal counsel."

    Blair Fisher, St. Paul's head of school, said the St. Paul's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with the legal challenge. "St. Paul's has been a proud member of the AHSAA for decades, but our students' safety, along with our promise that we will never let our students be treated unfairly, is our top priority,"

    St. Paul's lawsuit maintains that the rule tips the balance in favor of public schools, while penalizing private school for winning. Moreover, it opens the way for "greater risks of injury for private school students participating in contact and collision sports," said Russel Myles, a lawyer with McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, the Mobile-based firm representing St. Paul's.

    In Alabama high school sports, teams are placed into classifications based on enrollment, for the most part. Schools within the various classifications compete against one another, in their various regions or areas.

    Private schools, however, already have an extra hurdle: For classification purposes, the AHSAA counts each private school student as 1.35 students. This "multiplier," enacted in 1999, is to compensate for a perceived advantage that a private school might have in facilities, staffing and the ability to draw students from a larger area.

    Said St. Paul's Fisher, "We are deeply concerned our students will now lose the opportunity to fairly compete in athletics and, more importantly, we believe the new rule creates significant, undeniable safety concerns in collision sports, like football. This action by the AHSAA is fundamentally wrong no matter how you look at it."

    The lawsuit doesn't ask for monetary damages, only "equitable relief" from the classification rule.
  • #1280 by jbcarol on 28 May 2018
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  • AL.com sports
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    4h4 hours ago

    Row tide? Nick Saban's boat appeared to run out of gas: https://trib.al/KeavIGs


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    Saban is known for his intense preparation. The Alabama coach accounts for every possible scenario he may encounter.

    But when it comes to boating, Saban doesn't seem to be as much of a stickler for detail.

    In once such instance, he forgot to fill up the fuel tank -- or at least he said he did as part of a practical joke -- which led to his skiff getting stuck.

    That happened recently on a (three-hour?) tour of Lake Tuscaloosa, according to a highlight video of social media postings compiled by TMZ Sports.
  • #1282 by jbcarol on 02 Jun 2018
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  • AL.com sports
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    4h4 hours ago

    Row tide? Nick Saban's boat appeared to run out of gas: https://trib.al/KeavIGs




    AL.com sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    Nick Saban tells ESPN what really happened with broken-down boat


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    It was the fuel pump, Saban told ESPN.

    "Brand spanking new, and it's the first time I'd been out in it," Saban said in the ESPN story. "So, when it stalled, I'm thinking, 'Oh my gosh. I bought a new boat, and they didn't put gas in it.' I didn't even think about it. You just assume that it's got gas in it when you get a new car or a new boat."

    The trip was part of the team's leadership group lake day at Saban's house.
  • #1284 by jbcarol on 07 Jun 2018
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    11m11 minutes ago

    Birmingham HS football player in ICU after collapsing during workouts


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    Jalen Hall, who recently finished his eighth-grade year at Phillips Academy, passed out during during a Ramsay morning workout June 5 and was transported to Children's of Alabama Hospital, according to Phillips Academy Parent Teacher Association social media accounts.

    Hall was put into a medically-induced coma, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the family. Hall's mother, Quita, posted an update Saturday via the PTA Facebook page saying that Hall had regained some of his kidney functions. Another update came Monday night with news that Hall is able to stay awake longer, can understand what is being said to him and has moved his legs during physical therapy. He remains on a ventilator and constant dialysis.
  • #1289 by jbcarol on 12 Jun 2018
  • https://articles.al.com/living/index.ssf/2018/06/kick_six_voice.amp

    Co-ed needed throat surgery, speech therapy after screaming during Kick Six
  • #1290 by jbcarol on 23 Jun 2018
  • Lane Kiffin claims Bama wanted him to wear a bulletproof vest at Tennessee in 2014.
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