The Morning Briefing: February 6, 2019

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In addition to it being National Lame Duck Day, National Frozen Yogurt Day and National Girls and Women in Sports Day, it’s also National Signing Day in college football, when the Crimson Tide will put a cap on the Class of 2019.

Nick Saban is expected to add four-or-five more players to the top recruiting class in the nation.

Of our 10 players to watch from earlier this week, here’s when everyone is scheduled to announce their final decisions, in chronological order:

  • DL Khris Bogle, 7 a.m. CT
  • DT Byron Young, 8 a.m.
  • CB Christian Williams, 8 a.m.
  • RB Jerrion Ealy, 11:15 a.m., ESPN2
  • DE Quashon Fuller, noon
  • TE Brett Seither, 12:30 p.m.
  • DT Ishmael Sopsher, 12:45 p.m., ESPN2
  • OT Javonne Shepherd, 1 p.m.
  • RB Keilan Robinson, 1:30 p.m.
  • LB Henry To’oto’o, 2 p.m., ESPNU

Saban is scheduled to address reporters at 4 p.m.

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

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

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

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

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• The No. 5 Alabama women’s golf team finished 15that the 2019 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club, with a 54-hole total of 913 (307-301-305). Junior Jiwon Jeon finished tied for 26th overall to lead the Crimson Tide.

“This was a tough trip because the weather was so uncharacteristic of what you would expect in Southern California,” Coach Mic Potter said in a release. “We got a little practice in on Friday at Trump National, then Saturday was miserable – just a complete wash out of the practice round. We were able to walk down and look at a couple of holes but that was it. This was by far the trickiest golf course that we will play and with four players who have never played it before, that was a huge disadvantage I thought.”

Did you notice?

• Per Matt Zenitz of, the aggravated assault charge against former Alabama safety Deionte Thompson was dismissed Tuesday morning. He was accused of kicking Noah Frillou in the head during a spring-break fight nearly two years ago. Thompson had maintained that he wasn’t involved in the fight.

• ESPN’s Joe Lunardi still has Alabama in the NCAA Tournament. In his latest edition of “Bracketology” the Crimson Tide would play St. John’s in the first round with the winner facing Maryland in the West Region. made the case that someone from the Patriots’ defense should have been the Super Bowl MVP, with former Crimson Tide linebacker Dont’a Hightower the top candidate. Hightower had two tackles, two sacks, a pass breakup and three quarterback hits against the Rams. The NFL said that no defensive players received a vote for Super Bowl MVP.

• Speaking of Hightower, the Patriots’ parade in Boston was held Tuesday:

• The Alabama baseball team opened its final week of practices prior to the start of the season, and include weekend scrimmages at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Friday will begin with a 1 p.m. workout followed by a 2:30 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s practice-scrimmage split set to begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by an 11:15 a.m. first pitch. Sunday’s work will begin at 10 a.m. with an 11:30 a.m. scrimmage. The annual “Grand Slammers Barbeque” is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

• With last weekend’s trip to California cancelled due to inclement weather, the women’s tennis team has added East Tennessee State to the schedule, for Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. CT in Tuscaloosa.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:


On this date in Crimson Tide history:

February 6, 2008: Nick Saban signed his first full recruiting class, which was credited with making the Crimson Tide a national power again. It included Mark Ingram Jr., Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw Barrett Jones, Marcell Dareus, Dont’a Hightower and Terrence Cody.

It's also the birthday of former quarterback Brodie Croyle and defensive lineman Damion Square.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"It was a great class. There was a lot of opportunity for these guys early in their career. These guys took advantage of it and made significant impact on the program immediately. This class had as much to do with what's been accomplished the past three years as any class, and I would say based on their performance and results it's got to be as good as any." – Nick Saban in 2011 on his first full recruiting class at Alabama (2008).


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