The Morning Briefing: February 2, 2019

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

Today is Groundhog Day.

It’s also National Heavenly Hash Day, which will be very popular if the groundhog sees his shadow.

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Indoor track and field: Alabama at Carolina Challenge, 8 a.m. CT

• Men’s basketball: Alabama at Auburn, 7 p.m.

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Indoor track and field: Alabama at Carolina Challenge, 8 a.m.

• Men’s basketball: Alabama at Auburn, 7 p.m., ESPN2, Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Gymnastics: The No. 8 Crimson Tide swept the individual events and posted season-best scores on the uneven bars and floor exercise en route to a 196.850-196.550 win at No. 16 Missouri. Sophomore Lexi Graber won the all-around with a 39.350 and the floor exercise with a career-best 9.925.

• Men’s tennis: The No. 19 Alabama men’s tennis team took its first loss of the spring, 4-3 to Minnesota at the Roberta Alison Baumgardner Indoor Facility. After the Gophers won the doubles point, the match went down to the No. 1 singles, where Josip Krstanovic def. No. 24 Mazen Osama, 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3.

• Indoor track and field: Freshman Carl Nesbitt posted a jump of 6-7 (2.01m) in the men’s high jump, tying for first in the open division during the first day of the Carolina Challenge.

Did you notice?

• Per the Wall Street Journal, Nick Saban got another win in Louisiana when the U.S. Tax Court ruled that he can claim a bad-debt deduction the IRS tried to block. The decision stems from the coach loaning developer Joseph Spinosa $2 million in 2006 for the development of a shopping area and office space.

• Even though Alabama football has yet to announce any changes to the coaching staff, Michael Casagrande of reports that five have already stared receiving paychecks: offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, offensive line coach Kyle Flood, linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, defensive backs coach Charles Kelly and running backs coach Charles Huff.

• The women’s soccer team announced four early enrollees as the first members of the 2019 recruiting class to arrive on campus: defender Katarina Baehren (Cypress, Texas), goalie AJ Crooks (Spokane, Wash.), midfielder Carlee Giammona (Las Vegas, Nev.), and midfielder/defender Reyna Reyes (Garland, Texas). The 2019 recruiting class was recently ranked No. 12 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer.

• According to Ben Jones of the Tuscaloosa News, walk-on Chase Lee made the Crimson Tide baseball team from an open tryout.

• Running back Brian Robinson Jr. told Tony Tsoukalas of that he aims to have a big spring and be a bigger part of the offense in 2019.

• Alabama softball will appear 11 times across ESPN’s family of networks during the regular season, playing in at least one televised contest in seven of its eight conference series.

March 10 vs. Missouri, 1 p.m., SEC Network

April 6 at South Carolina, 5 p.m., ESPN

April 13 vs. Georgia, 11 a.m., ESPN2

April 14 vs. Georgia, 6 p.m., SEC Network

April 15 vs. Georgia, 6 p.m., SEC Network

April 19 at Florida, 4:30 p.m., ESPN2

April 20 at Florida, 1 p.m., ESPN

April 27 vs. Kentucky, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU

April 28 vs. Kentucky, 2 p.m., SEC Network

May 3 at LSU, 6 p.m., ESPN2

May 5 at LSU, 1 p.m., SEC Network (Bases Loaded coverage)

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

February 2, 1931: New head coach Frank Thomas welcomed 90 football candidates to his first spring practice session. Besides working on conditioning, Thomas began introducing the Notre Dame box formation the Crimson Tide would utilize in the fall. According to Thomas, the backs were awkward and ill-at-ease on the first day of practice. – Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day: 

"George Wallace called [Bear] Bryant weekly. The reason was he was scared that Bryant would run for governor, because he'd win. Auburn people would vote for him, too, so he'd not coach anymore." -- Alabama offensive lineman John Hannah


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