Happy Monday, everyone. The basketball team had an ugly week and the baseball team was swept by something called Oral Roberts University, but at least the softball team is good:
Carrigan Fain capped a stellar weekend at the plate with a 2-2 performance Sunday, ultimately earning Easton Bama Bash MVP honors going 7-10 (.700) with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs over the five games. Reagan Dykes drove in two of Alabama's three runs on Sunday with a two-run home run in the second inning, her first long ball of the year, while Claire Jenkins tallied the third with a third-inning sac fly.
The ladies came into the weekend ranked #10 and now stand at 13-2 on the season after sweeping five games in three days.
News is really sparse today, folks.
AL.com has more detail on the athletic department P&L. Ticket sales represent almost 40% of all revenues, which is surprising. Football obviously carries the entire department, and some of the record profits are being invested in a magnificent way:
The two-story facility will include a NCAA regulation game venue for wheelchair basketball, locker rooms, workout/training room, strength and conditioning room, team meeting rooms and study halls.
"They will have locker rooms, they can shower, they can workout, they can do their studying. All in the same location. Just like every other sports program on campus. I think that's really big for the mental battle these student athletes face every day," said Ford Burttram, Alabama men's wheelchair basketball head coach.
The new arena will be located along the south facade of the UA Rec Center. Construction is scheduled to finish in late Fall 2017.
Alabama fields teams in men’s and women’s basketball as well as tennis, and will be the first school in the country to offer these athletes their own facility. Kudos to the administration for making the investment.
- Alabama WR commit Xavier Williams received an invite to The Opening.
- Deontay Wilder knocked out his opponent in the fifth round on Saturday night, then got into a scrap at the hotel after the fight.
- Baylor’s women’s basketball coach said this about the parents of young women who are reluctant to send their daughters to Waco in the wake of the appalling cover-up of sexual assault within the athletic department: “If somebody [is] around [you] and they ever say, ‘I will never send my daughter to Baylor,’ you knock them right in the face.” Just brilliant, Kim.
- Sports Illustrated asked experts to weigh in on potential penalties for Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze. There have been rumblings that Freeze will be tendering his resignation, but that has not been confirmed by any credible source at this point.
That’s about it for today. Spring practice is just around the corner, folks. Have a great week.