Crimson Tide Roll Call: July 3, 2019

Courtesy of the Rose Bowl

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

Today is …

National Eat Your Beans Day (my personal favorite, jelly).

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

59 days

Did you notice?

• We’re big fans of sports history …

• Amari Cooper told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the story about how he landed a scholarship offer from Nick Saban.

• Donta Hall turned heads during his first practice with the summer league team of the Detroit Pistons, per the Detroit Free Press.

• Former Crimson Tide wide receiver Gehrig Dieter of the Kansas City Chiefs demonstrates a different type of workout.

• Kira Lewis Jr. had five assists as the U19 men’s national team remained unbeaten in Crete with a 87-58 victory over Senegal. It’ll face Latvia in the World Cup Round of 16.

• Alabama had 79 athletes earn a place on the 2019 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. It was one of just five schools with more than 75 honorees. The Crimson Tide women led all SEC women’s basketball teams with six. Rowing topped all Alabama programs with 14, followed by football with 11, which ranked third in the league.

• We’ll leave you with this …

… and knowing is half the battle.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

July 3, 1950: Athletic director and retired football coach Frank Thomas went back to work after a lengthy absence from the job due to a heart attack sustained the previous year. Jeff Coleman served as acting athletic director during Thomas' illness. — Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“When I was young, I wanted to win awfully bad, and I still like to win. But the biggest thrill I get out of football is to look out there and see people who have been out of school for 10 or 15 years, people who may not have played a down, and see them doing well after they get out of here. It is important to take your place in society and give something positive back." — Paul W. “Bear” Bryant speaking at an awards banquet in New York honoring the top 52 high school athletes in America on this date in 1980.

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