The Morning Briefing: January 30, 2019

Former Alabama assistant coach Howard Schnellenberger went on to win a national title with Miami.Image courtesy of "Who's No. 1?"

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Today is National Croissant Day.

The croissant is actually not French, but of Austrian origin. See you learned something today …

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

No games scheduled.

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Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

Men’s basketball: Alabama 83, Mississippi State 79

Did you notice?

• ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has the Crimson Tide as one of the last four teams in for the NCAA Tournament. He projects Alabama to play Seton Hall in Hartford, Conn., as part of the West Regional.

• The women's tennis team cancelled its weekend trip to Santa Barbara, Calif., due to the inclement weather forecasted for the area. Alabama was scheduled to play UC Santa Barbara, Gonzaga and Cal Poly.

• Bobby Colantonio Jr. was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Weekin track and field. He won the weight throw with a mark of 21.2m/69-6.75 at the Bob Pollock Invitational. His best throw at is ninth in the nation, and he’s the only freshman ranked among the top 39.

• The Crimson Tide is tied for No. 9 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) preseason poll, and No. 11 by USA Softball. The top five in the NFCA poll were Florida State, UCLA, Washington, Oklahoma and Florida. USA Softball had it UCLA, Washington, Florida State, Oklahoma and Florida. This year’s schedule features 22 games against eight teams ranked in the preseason top 25.

• The baseball team is entering Week 2 of practices, with full-team practices Wednesday and Thursday, following by practice-scrimmage splits through the weekend. The scrimmage start times are 2:45 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m., Saturday and noon Sunday.

• USA Today’s draft profile of Quinnen Williams says: “He has been compared to Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy, but he has an opportunity to surpass his talent at the next level. … Williams has All-Pro potential and can be a Pro Bowler by Year 2.”

• This hit by former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs has been making the rounds on social media:

• Not only was it Avery Johnson bobblehead night at Coleman Coliseum, but Colin Sexton was getting the same honor in Cleveland.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

January 30, 1961: Howard Schnellenberger was hired as end coach, one of two vacancies filled over the week by Paul W. “Bear” Bryant, the other being Elwood Kettler. The two new coaches replaced Jerry Claiborne, the new head coach at Virginia Tech, and Bob Ford, the new defensive line coach at Georgia.

Crimson Tide quote of the day: 

"My emotions are going to be controlled by the game ... I don't think I'm going to be nostalgic."–Howard Schnellenberger

Bonus:

After Tuesday’s “blizzard,” if you haven’t seen Jame Spann reading mean tweets do yourself a favor and check it out:

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