TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackles Julian Horton #2 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
It wasn’t that [Dont'a Hightower] was gruff when he met with the media Friday before an on-field session at rookie minicamp, and he did crack a smile or two, but for the most part Hightower was matter-of-fact when talking about acclimating himself to the playbook, the coaching staff, and learning how to do whatever it takes to help the Patriots win. In other words, he’s a Belichick kind of guy.
The threats followed Alabama ace Jackie Traina throughout Friday's SEC tournament semifinal, but she found a way out of every single jam. Third baseman Courtney Conley's solo home run in the third inning was the only offense No. 1 seeded Alabama needed in its 1-0 victory over Georgia. Alabama (49-7, 23-5 SEC) advances to play third-seeded Florida, which defeated Tennessee earlier in the day, in Saturday's SEC tournament championship game.
Southeastern Conference officials have announced that the SEC Softball Tournament Championship game, originally slated for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, has been moved to Noon CT due to the potential for inclement weather in the area later in the day. ESPN2 will air the championship game live at Noon CT. Gates will open at 10 a.m. CT.
The Alabama baseball team dropped the series opener to the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, 4-2, on Friday night from Cliff Hagan Stadium. With the loss, Alabama falls to 18-31 overall and 7-18 in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats improve to 39-11, 16-9 in conference play. Due to impending weather on Sunday, Alabama and Kentucky will play a doubleheader on Saturday. Game two of the series will begin as scheduled at 1 p.m. CT, and will be televised on Fox Sports South. The series finale will begin 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one of the doubleheader.
As the time neared to make his announcement on a college destination, Robert Nkemdiche audibled. Not a bad move, considering quarterback is about the only position the nation's No. 1 prospect has yet to play. "I'm just not ready yet," Nkemdiche told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "This is one of the biggest decisions of my life. I want to go see some new places, and go back to some other places to spend more time with the coaches and to check out the campuses.
If SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw gets his way, the SEC will use a wireless communication system to officiate some football games this season. The goal is to improve communication within crews and speed up the game. The NCAA football rules committee allowed the SEC and Big Ten this spring to test the system, which international soccer referees have used for several years. Wearing a small earpiece and microphone, the seven football officials didn't have to huddle to discuss penalties and could engage in pre-snap conversations to catch possible infractions.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Chris Rock has left the Michigan football team, a program spokesman confirmed Thursday afternoon.
The historic rivalry between the universities of Texas and Oklahoma will remain at Fair Park through 2020, with the signed contracts from both schools arriving at City Hall this afternoon. Mayor Mike Rawlings and top officials with the State Fair of Texas all but promised that a deal to keep the schools playing in Dallas could be reached if only the city would commit to major improvements to the aging Cotton Bowl.
"Mr. Harvey Updyke was asked by University of Alabama officials to leave today's softball game and he complied. Several months ago, the University issued a formal directive to Mr. Updyke stating that he is not to come to the University of Alabama campus. Mr. Updyke has no affiliation with the University of Alabama and does not represent the institution in any way. The University of Alabama will have no further statement on this matter."