The Morning Briefing: November 16, 2018

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

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Men’s basketball: Charleston Classic, Alabama vs. Ball State, 12:30 p.m. CT

• Swimming: Alabama at Georgia Tech Invitational, all day

• Volleyball: Alabama at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.

How to watch the Crimson Tide

• Men’s basketball: Alabama vs. Ball State, 12:30 p.m., ESPNU , Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats

• Swimming: Alabama at Georgia Tech Invitational, all day

• Volleyball: Alabama at Mississippi State, 7 p.m., SEC Network +, Live Stats

• Football: The Citadel at Alabama, Saturday, 11 a.m., SEC Network, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Women’s basketball: Senior Shaquera Wade scored five straight points during the final 2:35 of overtime to lead Alabama to a 62-61 win at SMU. Junior Jasmine Walker had her third consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

• Alabama swimming and diving won two events on the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational. Robert Howard and Zane Waddell posted the two fastest 50 freestyle times in the nation this season.

• Men’s basketball: Northeastern 68, Alabama 52

Did you notice?

• The Alabama football team having a Graduation Success Rate score of 84, surpassing the NCAA minimum and finishing in the top four of the SEC, kicked in a clause in Nick Saban’s contract giving him a $100,000 bonus.

• This year’s winner of the Stallings Award, presented annually to a college football coach who is both a humanitarian and an exceptional coach is TCU’s Gary Patterson.

• The Cleveland Plain Dealer had oddsmaker Jeff Sherman handicap how Alabama would fare against the bottom teams in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills would be favored by 28.5 points, and the Cleveland Browns would be favored by 35.5.

Bonus: Alabama’s Early Signing Day additions

Various Crimson Tide teams announced signings at the early-signing period continued:

• Baseball signed 12 high school players along with two junior college talents: CJ Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.), Myles Austin (Smyrna, Ga.), Blake Bennett (Haleyville, Ala.), Zane Denton (Brentwood, Tenn.), Owen Diodati (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada), William Hamiter (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Garrett Hester (Dade City, Fla.), Logan Keller (Longwood, Fla.), Andrew Pinckney (Peachtree City, Ga.), Connor Prielipp (Tomah, Wis.), Dowd Ritter (Mountain Brook, Ala.) and Peyton Wilson (Hoover, Ala.). Along with the high school signees, the Tide added junior college talents in Ryan O’Connell (Wabash Valley (Ill.) Community College) and Britt Sparks (Shelton State (Ala.) Community College). The class is ranked No. 10 in the nation by Baseball America.

“I’m so excited about this group,” Coach Brad Bohannon said. “This recruiting class is representative of how I expect our team to be over time. This is a very deep, balanced group with a good mix of left-right, strength and athleticism.”

• Softball added pitcher Alexis Kilfoyl from Land O’ Lakes, Fla. She is ranked No. 2 overall on Extra Innings Softball’s class of 2019 list and No. 16 on FloSoftball’s Hot 100.“We knew she was the one we wanted after watching her in a tournament in Orlando several years ago,” Coach Patrick Murphy said. “She has all the tools necessary to succeed at the highest levels of college softball. She not only won a high school state championship but a national championship in summer ball as well.”

• Men's tennis team added Avi Shugar from Eugene, Oregon. The four-star recruit according to, has been nationally ranked as high as No. 82 on in Boys U18.

• Men’s golf:The Crimson Tide added the trio of Tyler Lipscomb (Carrolton, Ga.), Thomas Ponder (Dothan, Ala.) and Simms Abney (Madison, Miss.). Lipscomb was named a 2018 Rolex Junior All-American who is currently ranked as the No. 39 junior golfer in the nation. Abney was ranked No. 79 and Ponder No. 86.

• Women’s golf signed Caroline Curtis of Richmond, Va. and Emilie Øverås of Ålesund, Norway. Curtis was the VISAA state champion and a Rolex All-American in 2017. Øverås was a member of the 2017 Norwegian Junior Team Championship

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

November 16, 1907: Alabama tied Auburn 6-6 at the Fairgrounds in Birmingham, but Auburn coach Mike Donahue called foul, claiming the Alabama offense used an illegal shift. The movement of the backs, dubbed the "Pollard Shift" after coach Dr. J.W. Pollard, contributed to the series halted until 1948

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“There are a lot of guys who are heavily recruited who don’t pan out. At Alabama, you don’t see many of these guys sort of fall by the wayside and not develop. Most of these guys that Nick has and this coaching staff has, once they get their hands on them and they work with them, these guys turn out to be real good players.” -- ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

How to watch this week’s college football games

Includes games with ranked teams, SEC teams, local teams or prominent broadcasts.

Friday, November 16(all times CT)

Memphis at SMU, 8 p.m., ESPN2

No. 25 Boise State at New Mexico, 8 p.m., CBSSN

Saturday, November 17

The Citadel at No. 1 Alabama, 11 a.m., SEC Network

No. 10 Ohio State at Maryland, 11 a.m., ABC

Middle Tennessee at No. 17 Kentucky, 11 a.m., SEC Network

Idaho at No. 13 Florida, 11 a.m., ESPNU

Arkansas at No. 21 Mississippi State, 11 a.m., ESPN

No. 22 Northwestern at Minnesota, 11 a.m., Big Ten Network

No. 14 Penn State at Rutgers, 11 a.m., Big Ten Network

No. 19 Utah at Colorado, 12:30 p.m., Pac 12 Network

No. 12 Syracuse at No. 3 Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m., NBC

No. 9 West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m., ABC

No. 20 Boston College at Florida State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

Texas State at Troy, 2:30 p.m., ESPN+

Missouri at Tennessee, 2:30 p.m., CBS

USC at UCLA, 2:30 p.m., Fox

Indiana at No. 4 Michigan, 2:30 p.m., FS1

UMass at No. 5 Georgia, 3 p.m., SEC Network

Liberty at Auburn, 3 p.m., SEC Network

Oregon State at No. 18 Washington, 3:30 p.m., Pac 12 Network

South Alabama at Louisiana, 4 p.m., ESPN3

Duke at No. 2 Clemson, 6 p.m., ESPN

UAB at Texas A&M, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Kansas at No. 6 Oklahoma, 6:30 p.m., Fox

Rice at No. 7 LSU, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

Chattanooga at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network

Cincinnati at No. 11 UCF, 7 p.m., ABC

No. 16 Iowa State at No. 15 Texas, 7 p.m., Longhorn Network

Arizona at No. 8 Washington State, 9:30 p.m., ESPN


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