Today is …
National Coconut Day
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• The Cincinnati Bengals announced that first-round draft pick Jonah Williams will likely miss the whole season after having shoulder surgery.
• The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) announced its Scholar All-America teams Tuesday, revealing that Alabama is the only program to have both its men’s and women’s squads figure in the top-10 nationally by team grade point average.
• Alabama men’s tennis added Dimitar Kutrovsky as an assistant coach. He spent the previous four years at Texas San Antonio. “It was clear during the interview process that Dimi was a driven, competitive and eager coach like he was as a student-athlete,” Crimson Tide coach George Husack said in a statement. “The more we spoke and learned about one another, in addition to his campus visit, it became evident that he was a quality fit for our program.”
• Jimmy Nelson made his first relief appearance since 2014 when he threw two scoreless innings with two hits allowed.
• Sophomores Montana Fouts and Skylar Wallace both had strong performances during the U-19 National Team’s five game trip to Paris and Dublin. Wallace started all four games in the Achille Challenge, hitting .364 (4-for-11) with three RBIs and three runs scored. She followed with a grand slam against Ireland. Fouts went 2-0, throwing three shutout innings against both Japan and Ireland. Incoming freshman Alexis Kilfoyl threw four scoreless innings against France, with one hit allowed, one walk and four strikeouts.
• Former Alabama All-American Haylie McCleney started all three games for the USA Women’s National Team in the Japan All-Star Series. She had a pair of hits and drew a walk.
• Former Crimson Tide soccer player Merel Van Dongen is still playing in the Women’s World Cup as the Netherlands defeated Japan 2-1 in the Round of 16.
• Today’s weight room success story is reserve linebacker Jaylen Moody:
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
June 26, 1997: Legendary wide receiver Don Hutson, a former Alabama All-American, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at the age of 84. Twice named the NFL MVP, the eight-time All-Pro was considered to be the first modern receiver, and is credited with creating many of the modern pass routes used today.
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
"Fluid in motion, wondrously elusive with the fake, inventive in his patterns and magnificently at ease when catching the ball ... Hutson and fellow Hall of Famer Millard "Dixie" Howell became football's most celebrated passing combination." — Don Hutson’s College Football Hall of Fame profile