The Morning Briefing: February 14, 2019

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Today is …

Valentine’s Day

And if you didn’t know that, and might be in trouble, we’d also like to point out that it’s also National Organ Donor Day.

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Did you notice?

• Charlie Potter of BamaOnline posted a story about Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen, who while recovering from his ACL injury helped teammates ‘in other ways this past football season “I’m able to see a lot more stuff that I could never see, and I’m able to help my teammates on the field and off the field.” (paid)

• The latest Bama Beat podcast by the Tuscaloosa News is a sit-down interview with Crimson Tide announcer Eli Gold.

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• Barton Simmons rated the top 10 recruiters for the Class of 2019 for, and had Alabama assistant coach Pete Golding at No. 10. However, if he could include head coaches Mike Locksley would have been No. 1 for landing running back Trey Sanders, tackle Evan Neal and three of the top four players in the state of Maryland.

Dennis Dodd reported that Missouri coach Barry Odom is frustrated with rival SEC coaches trying to poach his 19 seniors since the NCAA issued its bowl ban. Hesingled out one school from his own division: “Who'd we beat 51-17 this year? Tennessee? Yeah, those guys.”

The Times-Picayune noted that LSU’s attendance in 2018 jumped to an average of 100,819 fans, an increase of 2,314 per game from the previous season. Consequently, LSU had the second-highest home attendance in the SEC last season for both average attendance and total attendance. Alabama led the league in both categories.

• Did you notice that on National Signing Day, Lane Kiffin was sent a tweet introducing him to a 6-month-old infant who already weighed in at 22 pounds. He immediately, and jokingly, responded with a scholarship offer.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:

199 days

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

February 14, 1931: While implementing his "Notre Dame Box Offense" during spring drills, new head coach Frank Thomas noted the impressive speed of the Alabama backs. The Tide had five who could run the 100 in 10.0 seconds flat, said Thomas. Johnny Cain, Hillman Holley and Chesty Mosley were being pushed by two speedy rookies, Howard Chappel and Joe Causey. – Bryant Museum

Also, legendary broadcaster Mel Allen was born on this day in 1913.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches: Can you live without it? If you can live without it, don't get in it."– Paul W. “Bear” Bryant