Today is …
National Periodic Table Day
National Send a Card to a Friend Day
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
I guess we all know what Nick Saban is having for dinner tonight.
Today’s Crimson Tide schedule
• Women’s basketball: Alabama at Florida, 6 p.m. CT
How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide
Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results
• Men’s basketball: Alabama 89, Georgia 74
Did you notice?
• Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos pointed to his Alabama counterpart Greg Byrne, who was on his staff at Oregon, as being one of the first administrators who tried to figure out the entire value of a full ride for a revenue sport student-athlete. “When you factored in the value of the tuition, the boarding room, all the fees, the transportation, the nutrition, the strength and conditioning/training room, on and on and on, and now the stipends that they get for the cost of attendance, he penciled it down to be $200,000 a year,” Moos said about Byrne's math at the time while on the Husker Sports Network last week. “I would argue that that's a pretty good salary for a 19-year-old kid.
• Two interesting notes from Pro Football Focus about former Alabama players in the NFL: 1) Mark Barron graded out the best among all Rams defensive players in the Super Bowl, beating out even Aaron Donald, and 2) C.J. Mosley is the No. 2 free agent linebacker this offseason.
• One of the players to keep an eye on with the NBA trading deadline is Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green. Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reported that the Rockets are interested in him. Green, who will become an unrestricted free agent over the summer, is averaging 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. He’s shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 39.6 percent from 3-point range and 78.8 percent from the free-throw line.
• Alabama track and field’s Shelby McEwen was named the Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week. His 7-7 (2.31m) showing won the high jump at the Carolina Challenge, and leads the nation by more than an inch and a half
• Men’s tennis slid to No. 23 in the latest Oracle/ITA National team rankings and in the Tennis Channel/USTA College Tennis Top 25. Senior Mazen Osama moved up one spot to No. 40 in the Oracle/ITA singles rankings. On the women’s side, senior Andie Daniell was No. 47 in singles.
• Charlie Potter of BamaOnline had a nice profile of Alabama head football trainer Jeff Allen (paid).
• Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News says that Alabama signing defensive lineman Ishmail Sopsher will only add to the LSU rivalry
• In his mock draft 3.0, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com had four Alabama players selected in the first round (plus former Crimson Tide cornerback Kendall Sheffield 29thto the Kansas City Chiefs):
1] Arizona Cardinals - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
5] Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Deionte Thompson, FS
10] Buffalo Bills - Jonah Williams, OT,
12] Green Bay Packers - Josh Jacobs, RB
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
February 7, 1982: In a Birmingham News interview with Alf Van Hoose, Paul W. “Bear” Bryant announced his intentions of starting a museum on campus to honor former players and teams of the Crimson Tide. According to Bryant, the museum would likely be housed in the Coliseum or in a special building near the outfield of Sewell-Thomas Stadium. — Bryant Museum
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
“I’d like people to remember me as a winner because I ain’t never been nothing but a winner.” — Paul W. “Bear” Bryant