Crimson Tide Roll Call: August 3, 2019

The back cover of Joe Namath's latest book, "All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters."

Your daily briefing on what's going on with Alabama athletics

Today is …

National Grab Some Nuts Day. Seriously, we are not making that up.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

28 days

Did you notice?

• Alabama softball alum Haylie McCleney and sophomore pitcher Montana Fouts were among the 30 invitees to the USA Olympic Selection Trials to determine the 2020 Olympic roster. The invitees will vie for 15 roster spots as well as three replacement athlete roles. Selection trials will be held Oct. 1-6 in Oklahoma City before the final roster is unveiled on Oct. 8.

• Alabama football posted video from freshmen lake day:

• As part of a massive document release regarding Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith being fired in 2018 after past allegations of domestic violence became public knowledge, Urban Meyer texted that Smith had been offered a job by Nick Saban at Alabama. "At first thought maybe he should go then decided that all effort I've put u to him and it's Alabama. I told him to stay and he turned it down. Every (expletive) day it’s something,” Meyer wrote in a text. A few days later on Jan. 18 he texted Smith: “After much thought, I want u to stay. I have personally invested far too much in u to get u in position to take next step. U need to step away from other situation and let's go win it all ….again."

• In another message, Meyer said he wanted to leak to the press that multiple Ohio State assistants (Greg Schiano and Alex Grinch the others) had turned down jobs at Alabama to try and use it against the Crimson Tide in recruiting.

• Another Crimson Tide swimming record topped:

• Phillies receiver Adam Morgan is back on the 10-day injured list with a left flexor strain.

• Good luck getting O.J. Howard in your fantasy league this year:

• We’ll leave you with this, when Jonathan Allen walked in on Da'Ron Payne saying he’s the stronger of the two during a post-practice interview.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

August 3, 1985: Choking with emotion as he talked about his college mentor Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Namath received a standing ovation in Canton, Ohio, during his induction ceremonies into the NFL Hall of Fame. Among the other inductees are former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

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