The Morning Briefing: February 8, 2019

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

Today is …

National Boy Scouts Day

National Kite Flying Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Indoor track and field: Alabama at Music City Challenge, Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational

• Swimming: Alabama at Auburn Invitational, all day

• Softball: Alabama at Trojan Classic, vs. Murray State 12:30 p.m. CT, vs. Troy, 5:30 p.m.

• Women’s tennis: Georgia State at Alabama, 1 p.m., vs. UT Martin, 6 p.m.,

• Men’s tennis: Alabama at San Diego State, 5 p.m.

• Gymnastics: Alabama at Arkansas, 7 p.m.

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Indoor track and field: Alabama at Music City Challenge, Iowa State Classic and Tyson Invitational

• Swimming: Alabama at Auburn Invitational, all day

• Softball: Alabama at Trojan Classic, vs. Murray State 12:30 p.m., Live Audio,Live Stats; vs. Troy, 5:30 p.m., Facebook Live, Live Audio, Live Stats

• Women’s tennis: Georgia State at Alabama, 1 p.m. Watch + Stats,Live Stats;

vs. UT Martin, 6 p.m.,Watch + Stats, Live Stats

• Men’s tennis: Alabama at San Diego State, 5 p.m. Live streaming

• Gymnastics: Alabama at Arkansas, 7 p.m., SEC Network+

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Women’s basketball: After leading for 34 minutes, Alabama lost in the final seconds at Florida, 57-55. Junior guard Cierra Johnson scored in double-digits for the sixth consecutive game after finishing with 15 points and six rebounds.

Did you notice?

•Alabama junior high jumper Shelby McEwen has earned a spot on the Men’s Bowerman Award Watch List. The Bowerman Trophy is collegiate track and field's highest individual honor.

• Spencer Hall and Steven Godfrey from SBNation had an interesting signing-day article titled: “Alabama’s dynasty will never really be over.”

• Former Alabama standouts Lauren Stephenson and Kristen Gillman made their pro debuts at the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Australia.

• Alabama placed 90 student-athletes on the 2018 Fall Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, including 34 football players. It had the second most in the league, and first among schools that don’t sponsor men’s soccer. To earn a place on the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 or better grade point average for either the preceding academic year or their career and be a sophomore or better in academic standing.

• Today’s NFL draft tidbit:

Michael Casagrande of AL.com notes that Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting Birmingham includes a proposal for a $3 million renovation of Rhoads Stadium, which would be funded by the Crimson Tide Foundation. Among the changes to the softball facility would be to the clubhouse and press box.

• The Alabama swimming and diving teams close out the regular season this weekend at the Auburn Invitational. More than half of the Tide’s 70 swimmers will be at this weekend’s meet while those who have already claimed a spot on the postseason roster will train through the weekend for SECs, which get underway February 19 at Georgia.

• Former Alabama safety Roman Harper joined The Game with Ryan Fowler to talk comparisons of Tua Tagovailoa to Drew Brees.

• You might have noticed on the schedule that he indoor track and field team is splitting into three squads for its last weekend of the regular season action. A group of sprinters and jumpers are heading to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., site of this year’s SEC Indoor Championships. Heading to the Music City Challenge in Nashville are sprint and distance runners, along with a contingent competing in throws and jumps. Finally, a squad of distance runners are going to the Iowa State Classic.

Jason Kersey of The Athletic did profile on Jalen Hurts’ legacy at Alabama (paid).

• We’re only two days away from the first game in Birmingham Iron history:

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:

204

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

February 8, 1989 and 2000: Julio Jones was born in Foley, Ala., and legendary linebacker Derrick Thomas died.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“In the time I’ve been in this business, there have been three defensive players who could change the course of a game. Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Smith, and Derrick.” – Former Kansas Chiefs president Carl Peterson

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