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Jumbo Package: Basketball National Signing Day Edition

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Slow week across the Capstone, as Tuscaloosa prepares for its showcase Spring Game, and who know what to expect with Coach Johnson's first signing class?

For every "pay players" football argument we hear, 9 out of 10 student athletes are like this guy.
For every "pay players" football argument we hear, 9 out of 10 student athletes are like this guy.
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Hoops

Today is hoops NSD, and Coach Johnson got off to a very late start, and having to try to learn the high school and AAU landscape, as well as make relationships with these kids. Coach Pettway obviously is key to today's success, but patience is going to have to be in effect this season, beginning today. CB has your NSD Livethread and Announcement post up.

Devin Mitchell says choice to transfer from Alabama was 'mutual understanding' with Avery Johnson | AL.com

"The main thing was," Mitchell explained, "I think me and coach Johnson just kind of had a mutual understanding that being here probably wasn't going to be that good of an opportunity for me as far as playing. So, I felt like it was best I look at other options and go from there."

Mitchell, a shooting guard, announced his transfer last night. The redshirt freshmen thought that CAJ was looking to get his type of players in place and did not want to necessarily ride the pine again, which is understandable. We wish Mitchell success going forward.

Football

Is 4-Star ATH Trevon Diggs a Lock to Alabama? | Bleacher Report

Another factor with Diggs could be the decision of good friend, fellow Maryland product and 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins. A handful of programs are in the running for both of them, and Haskins—who also has the Tide as a contender for his services—even mentioned that he considers him and Diggs to be a package deal

I'm not certain that Haskins can speak to the existence of a package deal here with Diggs. Alabama is a strong favorite for Diggs, but I certainly don't think Saban would be averse to adding four-star QB if he can land the No. 5 (and rising) all-around athlete. Because, you know if he won't, someone else will - and with Auburn panting after Diggs, that is my guess as to where both guys end up, if not Alabama.

Alabama practice report: Star defensive lineman returns to practice | AL.com

Wearing a black non-contact jersey, Alabama star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson went through light drills during the portion of Tuesday's practice open to the media.

A'Shawn is also without his brace, after being held out of practice last week, as well as the second scrimmage. We do not need this guy gimpy or hurt. Let's be honest, he's only in Tuscaloosa until next April, when he will be one of, if not the, first DT off the board.

Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones played through serious hip injury all of last season | AL.com

The rising junior cornerback had a torn labrum in his hip, a serious injury that required surgery. Jones would have likely missed all of last season had he undergone the procedure at that point, a surgery that typically demands several months of rehabilitation. Jones instead decided to play on and put off surgery until after the season

Speaking of gimpy, that Cyrus became the shutdown corner, and moved his hips that well, with a torn labrum, speaks volumes to his talent, devotion, and probably a hot tub full of Vicodin. It also tells me that a healthy Jones should be tremendous this year. We may not have Cyrus' services in Tuscaloosa much longer either.

Tide accolades

The Crimson White :: :: Jansen and Routliffe ranked No. 1 ahead of SECs

The two said they started to truly enjoy playing together then and once the regular season rolled around, they started winning doubles individuals. They became an aggressively-minded team, and their game shows it. "It’s a different style of play compared to traditional one up, one back doubles, because both of them are up at the net a lot together," assistant coach Ricky Doverspike said.

This is a really nice feature piece. Apparently Maya and Erin didn't even partner up until last spring, about two weeks before the season started -- then won a national title. They are, of course, your unanimous No. 1 women's pairs team.

Kristian Gkolomeev Named SEC Male Swimmer of the Year - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Alabama sophomore Kristian Gkolomeev has been named the Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Year the conference office announced Tuesday. ... "The amazing thing to us is that as good as he was this year, he is just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to his potential." Gkolomeev, who was named the SEC Championships Swimmer of the Meet in February, enjoyed one of the most dominating seasons a sprinter could have in 2014-15.

The list of superlatives for the Bulgarian and 2012 Hellenic Olympian are unreal: paragraph after paragraph of SEC records, SEC titles and more quotes about his potential and achievements than I could possibly list here. Congratulations Kristian and Roll Tide.

Sadly

The Crimson White :: :: Jerry the cat passes away after illness

Tuesday, Jerry the cat passed away. It was a hard decision for the two golf teams, but after consulting a veterinarian, men's golf coach Jay Seawell made the call to put Jerry down. She had been sick for a few weeks. Jerry was plagued by a mysterious paralysis last November, and although she regained her ability to walk, she never fully recovered. Seawell said Jerry most likely had cancer and it was just her time. "Unfortunately we had to let her go today," he said on Tuesday. "[She] was a good pet around here. She leaves with five SEC titles and three national championships, which isn’t a bad run for a cat."

A few months ago I linked to piece about the golf teams' unofficial mascot, Jerry the Cat. Jerry lost her battle with cancer, but went out painlessly and as the world's most decorated championship stray cat. Reminder: f' cancer.