The Morning Briefing: October 27, 2018

The Oakland A's World Series houndstooth hat and cowboy hat given to each player/staff member from owner Charlie Finley. He copied it from Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's hat.Photo courtesy of Jimmy Bank.

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

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Women’s tennis: Alabama hosts Roberta Alison Fall Classic, all day

• Men’s tennis: USTA $15K Futures at Birmingham, all day

How to watch the Crimson Tide

• Women’s tennis: Roberta Alison Fall Classic, all day, Live Video

• Football: Alabama at LSU, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., CBS, Live Audio

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Women’s tennis: Ann Selim and Luca Fabian made it to the finals of their respective singles draws at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic.

• Men’s tennis: Alexey Nesterov, Edson Ortiz, Riccardo Roberto and Jeremy Gschwendtner all advanced in the first qualifying round of the USTA $15K Futures at Birmingham.

• Swimming: Alabama was swept at Tennessee, the men 156-144, the women 206-94. “We were a little slow getting started on the men’s side today outside of the 200 medley relay and dug ourselves a hole early that proved to be too deep to dig out of,” UA coach Dennis Pursley said. “On the upside, I was real pleased with the way they came back at the end and tried to pull the meet out – they didn’t quit on it.”

• Alfred Chelanga finished second at the SEC Cross Country Championships. The Alabama placed sixth, while the women were ninth.

• Baseball: Alabama split a pair of seven-inning exhibition games at Florida State, winning 7-4 and losing 5-2. “This was another good day for us,” coach Brad Bohannon said. “I thought we competed well against a very talented Florida State team, a club that could easily be in Omaha come June. Our young pitchers continue to progress; we played good defense; and collectively, our at-bats have improved throughout the fall.

• Volleyball: Alabama def. Texas A&M 19-25, 25-14, 25-16, 14-25, 15-10. Junior Hayley McSparin led the team with a season-high 14 kills and .462 hitting percentage. 

Did you notice?

• Alabama swimmer Robert Howard was named to the United States National Team that will compete at the 2019 World University in Naples, Italy.

• Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on the Amari Cooper trade: “By all accounts from everybody we know at Alabama, he’s one of the best players they’ve had there, one of the best people they’ve had there,” the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported. “So the combination of his physical ability, his production at this level and the kind of guy he is at a position we feel like we feel we need to add some firepower.” Garrett was Nick Saban’s quarterback coach with the Miami Dolphins. Incidentally, Cooper, the fourth-overall pick in 2015, is younger than quarterback Dak Prescott and just a year older than Ezekiel Elliott, the No. 4 overall pick in 2016.

• Cooper’s reaction to the trade: “It’s a fresh start. This is a good team. I’m just giving themsomething to build on I guess you can say. And it’s America’s Team. Who wouldn’t be excited? It feels great. It feels like a fresh start, just like a freshman year in college or something like that. … It feels great to be wanted.” The Cowboys (3-4) don’t have to play again until Monday, Nov. 5 against the Tennessee Titans.

On this date in Crimson Tide history …

October 27, 1973: Alabama set a national record with 833 total yards in a 77-6 rout of Virginia Tech in a Tuscaloosa night game. Calvin Culliver, Jimmy Taylor, Wilbur Jackson and Richard Todd all rushed for more than 100 yards. – Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"Paul Bryant was just tougher than the rest of us. That, plus his ability to make everybody believe in him, made his teams hard to beat." –Texas coach Darrell Royal

How to watch this week’s college football games

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

Saturday, October 27

No. 2 Clemson at Florida State, 11 a.m., ABC

No. 20 Wisconsin at Northwestern, 11 a.m., Fox

Vanderbilt at Arkansas, 11 a.m., SEC Network

No. 9 Florida at No. 7 Georgia, CBS

Kansas State at No. 8 Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m., Fox

No. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

No. 21 South Florida at Houston, 2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2

Arizona State at USC, 2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2

No. 12 Kentucky at Missouri, 3 p.m., SEC Network

No. 15 Washington at California, 5:30 p.m., FS1

No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network

No. 16 Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 6 p.m., ESPN

No. 22 North Carolina State at Syracuse, 6 p.m., ESPN2

UAB at UTEP, 6:30 p.m., ESPN+

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

No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Navy, 7 p.m., CBS

No. 6 Texas at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m., ABC

No. 19 Oregon at Arizona, 9:30 p.m., ESPN