21 February 2010
It was another big weekend for Alabama athletics, and here's your bullett points recap:
--- The Alabama football team held its second Junior Day and came away with at least one commitment. Adel, Georgia linebacker Shannon Brown is an imposing kid at 6'2 and 240 lbs. He's also one of the top players in the state of Georgia, and projects at the mike linebacker position for Alabama.
--- The camp was a major success overall, with a lot of the south's top prospects in attendance. There were rumors of two more commitments having come from the weekend, though no names have surfaced as confirmation.
--- Former Miami (FL) Quarterback Derrick Crudup has joined the Alabama football staff replacing Sedrick Irvin, who left to be the running backs coach at Memphis. Irvin was officially listed as a strength and conditioning assistant, while Crudup's title will be "Offensive Quality Control Coach." I don't have the first clue what that actually means, but I do know that Irvin was thought highly enough of by the players that he garnered a thank you in Mark Ingram's Heisman Trophy acceptance speech.
--- With Jeremy Pruitt moving into an on-field coaching position, (replacing James Willis), his position of Director of Player Personnel has to be filled. Rumors are that former Hoover High School assistant coach Kevin Sherrer is the top candidate to fill that role. Ironically, Pruitt also joined the Tide staff after spending time as an assistant at Hoover. The general description of this position typically included the duties of on-campus recruiting and the organization of camps.
--- The men's basketball team dropped a rough game at Georgia on Saturday. After leading for most of the game, and building a 13 point second half lead, Bama once again wilted down the stretch and lost 76-70. The loss drops Bama to 14-12 overall and 4-8 in the SEC. The Tide will be back in action Wednesday night at 8:00 at Mississippi State, and will be at home this Saturday at 1:00 against Ole Miss.
--- The women's basketball team picked up a big win at Arkansas on Sunday. The 69-58 win in Fayetteville was the women's first road SEC win since 2006. The overall record of 11-16 and SEC record of 3-11 is still a work in progress, but it is an improvement for a program that had won just 4 conference games over the previous three seasons. The last time Bama had four wins in the SEC was 2004-2005, and the last time they topped four wins was 2001-2002. They'll have a shot to reach four wins this Sunday when they host Mississippi State at 6:00.
--- The Mitch Gaspard era of Alabama baseball kicked off this weekend with a pair of victories over South Alabama. Bama won 12-4 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, and then traveled to Mobile on Sunday and won 5-3. Bama will be back in action this weekend, hosting a three game set with Illinois-Chicago. Game 1 will be Friday night at 6:35, with the final two games being played on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:05.
--- The women's softball team had a successful trip to the Hatter Invitational in Deland, Fl. The Tide won all five of its games, beating Rhode Island and Stetson once each, and Ohio State three times. The combined score of the five games was 35-11. Bama travels to UAB on Tuesday night to play the Blazers at 6:30. The next home game will be on March 5 when the Tide plays Michigan as a part of the Easton Classic which will also feature DePaul.
--- The women's gymnastics team jumped back to #1 in the national rankings after last weekend, and they celebrated that by absolutely stomping Arizona 197.25-195.1. It was the "Pink Meet" for the Tide, as they raised money for breast cancer awareness. The next meets for the Tide will be on the road, at Kentucky and then at Oklahoma. They will return home on March 19 to face Michigan in their final tuneup for the SEC Championship. The NCAA rankings change beginning this week, and the way that those scores are tabulated will have the Tide at #2 heading into the meet in Lexington.
--- The men's golf team is in Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Classic, and they are currently 9th after the first 18 holes. There will be two more rounds of plays, with the meet concluding on Tuesday. The field includes #1 ranked Oklahoma State and #10 ranked Texas. Next weekend they will travel to Jacksonville, FL for the John Hayt Collegiate Tournament.
--- The women's golf team was off this weekend, and in fact won't compete again until March 12 when they travel to New Orleans for the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic.
--- The women's rowing team is finishing their final preperations for their first spring match, which will be on the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa on March 15. The Tide will host Kansas State, and the start time will be announced closer to that date.
--- The swimming and diving teams competed in the SEC Championships in Athens, GA this weekend, with both teams finishing 5th. Senior Aaron Fleshner was the big story for the Tide, winning the SEC Title in the 3-meter diving competition. It is the third consecutive season that he was won an SEC Title, winning the 3-meter in 2008 and the 1-meter in 2009. He also shattered his own school record for scoring in the event.
--- The #20 ranked men's tennis team dropped a tough road match at Oklahoma on Friday, losnig 5-2. They return home to begin a 4-match home stand, beginning with a match against Pepperdine on Friday at noon and two matches on Sunday against Eastern Kentucky and Winthrop.
--- The women's team looks to climb from their #53 national ranking after traveling to Eugene, OR and beating the Oregon Ducks by a score of 5-2. The ladies will be back in action at home on Saturday against TCU at noon and Sunday against Eastern Kentucky at 1:00.
--- The men's and women's track teams were off this weekend in preperation for the SEC Indoor Championships next weekend, beginning Friday at Arkansas.
--- There has been no official update on the Robby Green situation since that story first broke on Thursday. As more becomes available, we'll let you know.