The Morning Briefing: February 12, 2019

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Your daily dose of what's going on with the Crimson Tide, including full TV listings

Today is …

National Plum Pudding Day.

For those who don’t know, plum pudding is a special pudding often eaten at Christmas and made with dried fruit, spices, and suet. It actually doesn’t have to include plums.

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Men’s basketball: Alabama at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. CT

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Men’s basketball: Alabama at Mississippi State, 8 p.m. SEC Network, Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Freshman guard Megan Abrams scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting while junior Jasmine Walker notched her fifth career double-double, with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, but No. 17 Kentucky defeated Alabama in women’s basketball 68-53. “I liked where we were at the half,” Kristy Curry said. “We obviously had some moments where we turned it over and then battled back to cut it to four at the half. It felt like in the third quarter the difference was that we lost them in transition and our communication broke down and they made us pay. So if you look at the rebounds, to outrebound Kentucky 40-19 is a tremendous job. That’s really a positive. But we lost it too many times in transition, didn’t communicate and didn’t have our matchups.

“You know, they’re a really good team. We just turned the ball over too much tonight. You can’t do that against a team like Kentucky because they’ll make you pay.”

Did you notice?

• Sophomore Kaylee Tow was named the SEC Softball Player of the Week. She hit .692 with nine hits, nine runs, three doubles and six walks as Alabama opened the season with five wins at the Trojan Classic. Her best performance was during the Feb. 9 win against Murray State, going 4-for-4 with four runs scored, two doubles, two RBIs and a walk. The run, hit and double totals were all career highs, and the four runs scored tied the UA single-game record.

According to, Ole Miss must vacate 33 of its wins from six seasons as the “final piece” of its NCAA punishment stemming from the array of NCAA violations in the football program under former head coaches Houston Nutt and Hugh Freeze. Of the 33 vacated wins, 27 were during Freeze’s tenure including the 2014 win over Alabama.

• Rob Rang of updated his Top 50 Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft. It included five players from the 2018 Crimson Tide:

  1. Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle

  2. Jonah Williams, offensive lineman

  3. Deionte Thompson, safety

  4. Josh Jacobs, running back

  5. Mack Wilson, linebacker

• Alabama’s A-Day Game on April 13 will be shown on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Every SEC spring scrimmage will be broadcast beginning with Vanderbilt on March 30. The Crimson Tide will be the only one shown on ESPN2, with Arkansas, Mississippi State and Missouri on ESPNU. The SEC Network will broadcast the rest.

Michael Casagrande of kept a close eye on Trent Richardson during the debut of the Birmingham Iron.

• One of the players Iron coach Tim Lewis singled out during his postgame press conference was former Crimson Tide long snapper Cole Mazza: “Does a great job about getting the ball snapped and starting the play,” he said. The coach also mentioned that offensive lineman Korren Kirven has a knee injury.

PFF’s ratings of the top 101 players had Eddie Jackson as the top former Crimson Tide player in the NFL last season. Julio Jones was No. 26, Kareem Jackson was No. 85 and Marlon Humphrey was No. 97.

• Even though the gymnastics team is coming off a win at Arkansas, it slid down a slot in the national rankings by the College Gymnastics Association to No. 9. Alabama is ranked sixth on vault (49.163), seventh on floor exercise (49.208), 10th on uneven bars (49.163) and 19th on balance beam (48.838).

• Could Tua Tagovailoa play a big part in an upcoming Super Bowl? Gary Grambling of the MMQB staff predicts he will.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:

201 days

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

February 12, 1966: Coach Paul W. Bryant officially quells rumors that he will run for governor by issuing the following statement: "I feel the place for me to serve my state best is as head football coach at the University of Alabama. I thank all of those who have urged me to run, and I have given it careful consideration, but I'm a teacher, not a politician." – Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"I'm just a simple plow hand from Arkansas, but I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, a team.” – Paul W. “Bear” Bryant when asked why he was so successful as a coach