The Morning Briefing: July 26, 2018

This wall is the first thing players see when walking into the football facilites (note the extra room on the bottom).Christopher Walsh/Bama Central

Your daily dose of what's going on with the Crimson Tide

Today’s games/events

The Alabama softball team arrives in Japan, where it will play four exhibition games.

Countdown to season opener

Alabama vs. Louisville in Orlando, Sept. 1: 37 days

Yesterday’s results

None, but officially launched.

Did you notice?

• The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday night that they expect former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones to report with the start of training camp Thursday. Even though he has three years remaining on his $71 million contact, Jones was reportedly poised to hold out to get a new deal.

• Two news agencies covering the Buffalo Bills did major profile pieces on those with ties with the Crimson Tide. While the Buffalo News did a piece on quarterback AJ McCarron, who used Nick Saban’s line of ‘I hate losing more than I like winning,’ the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle focused on former Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Both are worth checking out.

• Although he’s not on our Alabama players in the NFL list due to being a transfer, defensive lineman Dee Liner would like everyone to know he’s with the Kansas City Chiefs. Incidentally, Wednesday was New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara's 23rd birthday.

On this date …

July 26, 1988: Running back Bobby Humphrey and linebacker Derrick Thomas represented Alabama at the annual Southeastern Conference Football Kickoff in Birmingham. One story that got a lot of attention was Thomas telling about his uncle taking him to the Mike Tyson-Michael Dokes heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas. "It was a lot of fun for 90 seconds," Thomas said. That's how long it took for Tyson to knock out his opponent. – Bryant Museum.

Quote of the day: “I can always tell that we’re getting close when I don’t see Nick around the house. I haven’t seen him.” – Terry Saban after participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for welding and GED classroom additions at the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center.