Students from rival SEC school arrested for breaking into Alabama athletic facility


It’s understandable that SEC rivals would covet Alabama’s football success and want a piece of it for themselves, but this is a bit much.

Four young men were arrested Monday after police said they broke into the Crimson Tide’s Mal Moore Athletic Complex and stole memorabilia.

All of them are students at Mississippi State.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that Samuel Tanner Fittes, 21, of Columbus, Mississippi; John Thomas Badley, 20, of Laurel, Mississippi; Joel Harper Hudnall, 20, of Madison, Mississippi; and Joshua Jordan, 21, of Starkville, Mississippi, were caught on camera breaking into the complex at 2:17 a.m. April 4, according to campus police.

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Each of the Mississippi State students was charged with felony third-degree burglary and released Monday on $7,500 bond.

The report said the items stolen included “various items of memorabilia from within” the Crimson Tide complex, according to campus police.

The university declined to tell the Tuscaloosa News what was stolen and whether the items have been recovered.

Unsurprisingly, people on social media had fun with the idea that Bulldog fans raided Alabama’s trophy case.

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One countered with a reminder that Crimson Tide fans have crossed the line too: One of them poisoned the legendary oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn.

The Mississippi State-Alabama football rivalry may be intense but it’s one-sided. The Tide are 80-18-3 in the series and haven’t lost to the Bulldogs since 2007.

Last year in Starkville, No. 2 Alabama needed a touchdown pass from Jalen Hurts to DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds remaining to beat No. 16 Mississippi State 31-24.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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