Happy Monday, everyone. Congrats to the ladies on taking down a tough Minnesota squad to advance. Their prize is a best-of-three in Gainesville against the #1 Gators. Should be fun.
In case you missed it, there was some scary news this weekend involving Coach Stallings:
Coach Stallings says that he has suffered a loss of his peripheral vision in his right eye.
"I’m not sure if my vision will return, I’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.
The former Alabama coach says that he has been told to rest for the next six weeks.
“It could be very difficult to stay off my tractor for that amount of time. I’ll try to do what my doctors and Ruth Ann (his wife) tell me to do,” Stallings said.
It sounds like it was a rather mild stroke. He should be OK, but you never know with these types of things.
On the basketball side, we should be hearing from Braxton Key very soon. Social media has been abuzz that he will be returning to Alabama, but no one connected to Key or the University has said a word. The deadline to retain college eligibility is Wednesday.
Ben Jones of TideSports.com managed to get a quick interview with Greg Byrne about the baseball program:
You’ve talked about the first few months here being a learning experience. What have you learned about the baseball program?
“Obviously it was a very disappointing season for our seniors, for the team and for coaches and our fans. Obviously it’s not something that we take lightly. That’s not the expectation we have. I know Coach Goff and the guys on the team and everybody around the program want to see us improve.”
Jones also compiled the worst SEC season records since 2000:
Here are the worst conference records among SEC baseball teams since 2000: pic.twitter.com/LMgfhP3Wgo— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) May 20, 2017
Had the Tide lost rather than tied the rain-out to end the season, they would have finished dead last on this list. At this point, there seems to be little indication that a coaching change is in the works, but Byrne’s postseason sit-down with Greg Goff should be interesting.
Some football notes:
Alabama is an extremely talented team, but as Saban said after spring practice, the Crimson Tide are not elite yet. There are three areas of concern — the right side of the offensive line, kicker and left cornerback.
Lester Cotton seems set at right guard, but is Matt Womack the answer at right tackle? Or will a freshman contribute there? January enrollee Alex Leatherwood could make a push. There’s also an outside chance of summer enrollee Jedrick Wills getting a look on the right side of the line.
We loved Marq last week as he told us the reasons the Tide would make it back to the playoff. We hate him this week.
He’s correct about the right side of the line, though. There is no shortage of strong candidates, but two need to step up and become consistent SEC-caliber players.
In the NFL, the numbers 1 through 19 can be worn by quarterbacks, punters and kickers; 20 through 49 can be worn by running backs and defensive backs, 50 through 79 can be worn by offensive linemen and 80 through 89 can be worn by tight ends. There are two groups of numbers for wide receivers (10 through 19 and 80 through 89), linebackers (50 through 59 and 90 through 99) and defensive linemen (60 through 79 and 90 through 99).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end O.J. Howard and New York Jets’ wide receiver ArDarius Stewart donned new gear, alongside some of the brightest stars of the rookie class.
The Rookie Premiere was hosted by the NFLPA and is an annual orientation for the league’s most marketable rookies that features seminars on financial planning and brand building, connecting the players with NFLPA business partners.
Congrats to O.J. and ArDarius on being invited to this event.
The AL.com Readers' All-Bryant team is here. After AL.com unveiled its team, we gave you the option to vote for your own team. The results gave us plenty of overlap but different results. Check out the full Readers' All-Bryant team below.
Spoiler: Ken Stabler, Ozzie Newsome, John Hannah, and Lee Roy Jordan made the cut.
Rather than take time to examine where we’re at in society when men wearing rompers dominates the news cycle, we’ll just hand this latest maddening fad — ask Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson his opinion — over to the internet’s meme makers and allow them to do what they do best.
Beyond the armchair fashionistas, it was life as usual throughout the online world this week, as Tennessee and Alabama absorbed their usual share of abuse.
If you’re bored, check out some memes.
How does it feel to have Cam Robinson as a teammate instead of an opposing competitor?
"I've been knowing Cam, we've always had a relationship despite going to different schools. Other than that, it's great. Me and him and (Oklahoma wide receiver) Dede (Westbrook) we get along well and have to be the best at everything we do."
Any friendly joking about the college days?
"Yeah, always. Cam aways told me you should have come to Alabama. This and that."
Agreed, Leonard, and had you come to Alabama, you’d have less in common with Theunis Botha.
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.