Stabler won't return as Tide color commentator

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ken Stabler won’t return as the football color analyst for Alabama radio broadcasts.

The former Crimson Tide and NFL quarterback had been on leave from his duties since his arrest on a drunken-driving charge last June. He was found not guilty by a judge in Robertsdale, Ala.

Crimson Tide Sports Network general manager Jim Carabin and Alabama athletic director Mal Moore announced the decision Thursday.

In a statement released by the university, Stabler said: “I will continue to support UA in any way possible and wish only the best to the entire Alabama family.”

No permanent replacement has been named. Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage is handling color duties for Saturday’s spring game.

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WhoDatNinja writes:

I'll laugh my a** off if Jay Barker gets this gig. He's awful.

the10sevol writes:

Wonder if the NCAA was sniffin' round the Snake's recruitment, and he decided to run? Hey, Phil needs a job, I'd love to have him commenting if I HAVE to watch bama football.
GBO

brmvol#231732 writes:

in response to WhoDatNinja:

I'll laugh my a** off if Jay Barker gets this gig. He's awful.

Whether Jay Barker is a good color guy or not is debatable, but you've got to give the guy credit where it's due. He certainly outkicked his coverage when Sara Evans married him last summer.

GREEKDAWG writes:

Snake took a job as DJ at THE FLORABAMA

1manningfan writes:

Phil Simms just commeted to Alabama today (verbally commeted).

OrangeMan_86 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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You don't know who Ken Stabler is? Wow.

He won an MVP, went to four pro bowls and won a Super Bowl.

the10sevol writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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I guess humor ain't your strong suit. It was a cheap shot, admittedly, at the upcoming bama probation, but I've seen dumber stuff from you, personally and specifically. Don't like it? Go back to the bama site.

john#208876 writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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Yet!

chrisw2967 writes:

I guess stabler had 2 options
1.quit drinking and do his job or
2.quit his job and keep drinking.
looks like to me he said buck fama

bnakk#240693 writes:

If a NCAA investigator had asked Bear if he paid Snake when snake was being recruited Bear would have said "yeah....I think I might have overpaid though......what was Auburn gonna give him....."

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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haha Ol' Snake, Joe Willy, and Larry Munson will be hanging out at the local watering hole together now. If that old drunk Bear Bryant was still alive, he'd buy the rounds.

CapitolC writes:

Just curious who bama will blame this probation on - Fulmer is no longer around.

Maybe it was Chris Low...

TommyJack writes:

I'm astounded to know they have radio.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I'm astounded to know they have radio.

Stabler is going to be working as a consultant.

He's trying to figure out how to stop the Bama losing streak.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I'm astounded to know they have radio.

"I don't mean to be tellin' tales outa school, but there's a man in there hands out ten dollars to anyone sings in his can." - Delmar O'Donnell

ccjackson40#254643 writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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Aren't they always when Bama players and alumn are involved. Total irresposibility by Alabama to take a drunk off the radio and put him on the streets.

BillVol writes:

Hilarious! What judge in Alabama is going to convict one of Bear's boys of anything? Lucky for Snake he wasn't DUI outside the state of Alabama.

tenncorncob writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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rammer, jammer, yellowhammer, to to Hell alabamer

VAvolfanRON writes:

hey, the snake was one of my favorites at oakland...back when Al Davis was 90 years old....lol......

and before i knew what a bamer was!!

i'd love to party with him!!!!

BigOrangeVol writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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Munson never played a sport in his life but may have stomped mud holes in his backyard as a child.

Boozin' Bryant was 17-13-4 versus UT (50%)
1-5-2 at UK
0-1 at A&M
16-7-2 at the Crapstone
The average score for those 34 games was 16-12.
In 7 of those games the Vols shutout Bear's team and he only shutout UT 3 times.
As far as stomping a mud hole is concerned...3 time UT beat the Bear by 24 or more points and Bear beat UT by 24 or more 3 times.

Namath was 3-0 versus UT but he doesn't remember any of them. (100%)
Joe had wins of 27-7, 35-0 and 19-8.
He has reason to crow.

Snake was 1-1-1 versus UT (33%).
A 7-7 tie in '65, an 11-10 win and a 13-24 loss.
Kenny didn't stomp anything where the Vols were concerned!

It never ceases to amaze me how obtuse, uneducated and delusional Cheatin' Tide fans are!
Don't let the facts get in the way of your fantasies.

BigOrangeVol writes:

Are those 41-14 mud holes still in Legion Field from 1969 and 1996? I hope that none of the UAB or AAFL players fall in one and get lost!

BigOrangeVol writes:

I bet Kenny remembers all FIVE of the interceptions that he threw to UT in '67, especially the THREE that Al Dorsey picked. Bammer was ranked #6 in the nation coming in but UT stomped a mud hole in the Tide, won the SEC and finished #2 in the nation.

I bet Scott Hunter remembers all FIVE of the interceptions that he threw to UT in '70, especially the three that Tim Priest picked. UT stomped another mud hole in the Tide, won the SEC and finished #4 in the nation.

You want some more Mustardhammer???

GreerVol22 writes:

I heard where Al Davis is suiting him and Biletnikoff up again for da Raidas.

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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I guess after a near death (penalty) experience, the Bammer family has become numb to a "slap on the wrist." Sorta like a callous.

BigOrangeVol writes:

Bammer was STILL on probation when they were caught breaking rules again!!! Their arrogance and stupidity is simply staggering! Evidently the NCAA doesn't think they are minor "hand-slap" violations either.

The NCAA alleged that the University of Alabama committed "potentially major" rules violations by "failing to monitor" its student-athlete textbook distribution system, and UA officials agreed. According to the documents including the NCAA's May 2008 letter to President Robert Witt, system abuse occurred at least beginning in the 2005-06 academic year and continuing through the fall of 2007.

The investigation began when a University Supply Store employee noticed questionable charges of more than $1,600 on the account of an unnamed student-athlete on Oct. 17, 2007, and reported it to the UA athletic department. A review the next day of textbook charges in the fall 2007 semester showed multiple student-athletes with charges of more than $1,500, touching off an inquiry.

Therefore, Alabama can be considered a repeat violator in a five-year window that began with probation in 2002. The NCAA could impose additional, severe penalties, such as probation or scholarship losses....

And as if that isn't enough...
Alabama submitted a report to the Southeastern Conference that Saban had improper contacts with three Miami prospects. The names of those involved in the violations were not released, but two involved a booster having improper contact with a recruit. Alabama committed two secondary violations during the same time period last season under coach Mike Shula.

Cheating athletes, cheating boosters, cheating coaches and cheating in recruiting...where have we heard all this before? Oh yeah, Albert Means; Kenny Smith; Harold James; Shamari Buchanan; Michael Gaines; Kendell Smith; Ray Keller; Michael Gaines; Travis Carroll; Milton Kirk; Lynn Lang; Logan Young; Gene Stallings; Mike DuBose; Mike Price; Ronnie Cottrell; Ivy Williams; $100 handshakes; strippers; bogus financial aid scams; paying players and their families; free meals; under the table loans; academic fraud; phone call scams; improper free lodging; improper travel money; providing vehicles; improper contacts; coaches telling lies to the NCAA; unethical conduct; receiving athletic benefits while technically ineligible; coaches having affairs with their secretaries; coaches beating the secretaries they are having affairs with and the list goes on and on.

Five words...TOTAL LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL!

Take more scholarships away and give 'em the Death Penalty because they obviously never learn and think that they are above compliance because of their mythical 16 "shared" National titles. Flaunt those titles to the NCAA and see how far that gets you!

There is your Bama football tradition!

There's just nothing that compares THE CHEATIN' TIDE!!!

smokyredbone writes:

in response to 1manningfan:

Phil Simms just commeted to Alabama today (verbally commeted).

Him did what?

Colliervol writes:

in response to BigOrangeVol:

Bammer was STILL on probation when they were caught breaking rules again!!! Their arrogance and stupidity is simply staggering! Evidently the NCAA doesn't think they are minor "hand-slap" violations either.

The NCAA alleged that the University of Alabama committed "potentially major" rules violations by "failing to monitor" its student-athlete textbook distribution system, and UA officials agreed. According to the documents including the NCAA's May 2008 letter to President Robert Witt, system abuse occurred at least beginning in the 2005-06 academic year and continuing through the fall of 2007.

The investigation began when a University Supply Store employee noticed questionable charges of more than $1,600 on the account of an unnamed student-athlete on Oct. 17, 2007, and reported it to the UA athletic department. A review the next day of textbook charges in the fall 2007 semester showed multiple student-athletes with charges of more than $1,500, touching off an inquiry.

Therefore, Alabama can be considered a repeat violator in a five-year window that began with probation in 2002. The NCAA could impose additional, severe penalties, such as probation or scholarship losses....

And as if that isn't enough...
Alabama submitted a report to the Southeastern Conference that Saban had improper contacts with three Miami prospects. The names of those involved in the violations were not released, but two involved a booster having improper contact with a recruit. Alabama committed two secondary violations during the same time period last season under coach Mike Shula.

Cheating athletes, cheating boosters, cheating coaches and cheating in recruiting...where have we heard all this before? Oh yeah, Albert Means; Kenny Smith; Harold James; Shamari Buchanan; Michael Gaines; Kendell Smith; Ray Keller; Michael Gaines; Travis Carroll; Milton Kirk; Lynn Lang; Logan Young; Gene Stallings; Mike DuBose; Mike Price; Ronnie Cottrell; Ivy Williams; $100 handshakes; strippers; bogus financial aid scams; paying players and their families; free meals; under the table loans; academic fraud; phone call scams; improper free lodging; improper travel money; providing vehicles; improper contacts; coaches telling lies to the NCAA; unethical conduct; receiving athletic benefits while technically ineligible; coaches having affairs with their secretaries; coaches beating the secretaries they are having affairs with and the list goes on and on.

Five words...TOTAL LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL!

Take more scholarships away and give 'em the Death Penalty because they obviously never learn and think that they are above compliance because of their mythical 16 "shared" National titles. Flaunt those titles to the NCAA and see how far that gets you!

There is your Bama football tradition!

There's just nothing that compares THE CHEATIN' TIDE!!!

Come on Big O, you know none of that means anything to a real Roll Tahd fan.

Rules: We don't need no stinkin' rules.

Bribe a high school coach to deliver a player: That ain't against the rules, is it?

Improper contact: To a Tahd fan, that just means they didn't get to give a recruit the $100 handshake. That's the only thing improper to them.

Tradition? I can't add to your list. I have to agree that they've got loads of it

dvhill100 writes:

in response to YellowHammer987:

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I could be completely wrong, but I have to believe you are going to get more than a slap on the wrist. I don't think it will be the death penalty, but I think it will be more painful than an "inconvenient slap on the wrist".

You were already on probation when this occured. Along with the other allegations (which haven't been proven yet), there is certainly potential for a more serious hammer blow from the NCAA.

I absolutely DO NOT want the Death Penalty for Alabama. The SEC is much stronger when the top teams are playing. Having said that, a message needs to be sent that the infractions must be stopped. I think the NCAA will make it a strong one.

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