Today is …
National Daiquiri Day
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced that Crimson Tide broadcaster Eli Gold is the 2019 recipient of the NFF Chris Schenkel Award. Presented annually since 1996, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. The award is named in honor of its inaugural recipient Chris Schenkel, the longtime ABC Sports broadcaster.
• Former Crimson Tide golfer Stephanie Meadow and Giulia Molinaro shot 61 for a share of the second-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour's first-year team event. The teams will play alternate shot Friday and close Saturday with a best-ball round at Midland Country Club in Michigan.
• For the third straight year the Alabama women's tennis team had seven members land Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete status while the Crimson Tide also earned ITA All-Academic Team recognition. The seven honorees included Moka Ito, Alba Cortina Pou, Andie Daniell, Luca Fabian, Kimberley Gintrand, Kylie Moulin and Jacqueline Pelletier.
• The men's tennis team had five members earn ITA scholar-athlete status: Sam Fischer, Patrick Kaukovalta, Alexey Nesterov, Edson Ortiz and Jeremy Gschwendtner.
• Alabama softball is setting up its 2020 schedule:
• Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy on if he has any hobbies: “Uh, sleep. I am so addicted to football that that is the only thing I love doing. I either watch film, train, or watch highlights. That’s mostly like my hobby is football. I won’t say I love football. I’ll say I’m addicted to it.”
• Former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley on Nick Saban when speaking to reporters at Big Ten media days: “If I learned anything from Coach Saban, it's, one, consistency in your messaging. He talks about the process. I call it behaviors and habits. Also we do a thing called quality control, and I think that is a huge thing because people think when you have the success we had at Alabama under Coach Saban that it's easy, but it's so hard to teach your players when you're having success. And I know he oftentimes says, hey, don't waste a failure. But when we have had success, we'd still go back and we still went back and looked at why it was successful and we asked the tough questions of how we can make it better. So for me, I love the term "success leaves clues," and "don't waste a failure," and I'm going to take all the clues learned at Alabama, implement them, have our players learn the behaviors and habits to be not result-oriented but to be process-oriented.”
• Tom Somerville of Montgomery, a member of the Cirmson Tide’s 1965 national championship team, died on Tuesday. He was 72.
• Our own Tony Barnhart wonders “Can anybody (other than Clemson) beat a Bama team with a chip on its shoulder?”
• The definition of a steady swing:
• Former Alabama running back/fullback Jalston Fowler has been named the running back coach at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile. The guess here is that the players won’t be calling him by his nickname, Coach "Nudie.”
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
July 19, 1959: When asked about a 5 a.m. meeting with assistants Jerry Claiborne, Gene Stallings and Pat James in his office earlier in the day, Paul W. “Bear” Bryant said, "We have a lot of meetings and I can assure you they aren't social gatherings either." Bryant, who doubled as athletic director, was pleased with the ever-growing interest in the football program and especially with the report from ticket manager B.W. Whittington that all tickets to the Auburn and Tennessee games were already sold. — Bryant Museum
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
"Mrs. Terry does not want me at home. I can tell you that. She doesn't care if I'm 60, 70, or 80. So she's looking for something for me to do. Now, I really enjoy what I'm doing right now, and as long as I'm healthy and I can do it, I'm going to continue to do it and not worry about any numbers or what my age is or anything like that. But I would not want to be in the position where I ever rode the program down because I wasn't capable of making a contribution that would be positive to the success of the program.” – Nick Saban