Happy Friday, everyone. Congratulations to the softball team on their game one upset of Florida in Gainesville. Historically, this gives them about a 75% chance of winning the series. Of course, very few of those prior winners were #16 seeds playing on the road vs. #1. We will put up a game thread for those who wish to discuss while they watch. First pitch is at 6pm CT on ESPN.
Next up, we have bald guys talking Saban:
“Twelve million. Think about it,” Bradshaw said. “I could use a little bit of that money to help pay off my trailer house.”
Bradshaw also said retired college coach Steve Spurrier is a better coach based on personality.
“If he has the personality of Steve Spurrier, then I would like him,” Bradshaw said. “Spurrier, now you’re talking about a great coach. That’s a great coach, Steve Spurrier, not Saban. Saban hates people. The man doesn’t even like people.”
We don’t like you, Terry. Seriously, is there a more overrated QB in NFL history than this guy? Snake played at the same time and ran circles around him.
"They do such a great job, not just recruiting, but they develop players," Davis said. "And as guys move out, other guys are there ready to take their place, and they're ready to play. I think that's one of the most underrated aspects of what Alabama does. They develop players. They really coach them well.
"And it's almost a compliment when I hear NFL guys say with an Alabama player: 'I don't know if there's much upside.' And they actually say it with admiration because they've been coached so well that what you see is what you get. That doesn't mean that that's not really good. A lot of guys, there's still more to get because there's more for them to learn. Alabama does such a great job of that, they kind of take that element away."
This bald guy has much more sense.
"The stakes will be huge, for a lot of different reasons. It's not going to make or break the season for either team, but I know it's helped our preparation for the season -- our spring practice, our summer workouts have just been awesome, knowing that we're facing Alabama."
Tim breaks the trend here as he currently has hair, though he may pull most of it out preparing for Alabama.
LaBryan Ray -- 5-star SDE
Ray is the highest-ranked player not already on campus and is one of six -- yes, six -- five-star players Alabama signed during the 2017 cycle. The James Clemens (Ala.) High School product finished his senior season with 124 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt. With both Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson now in the NFL, the Tide needs more bodies along the defensive line, and at 6-foot-4, 260, Ray arrives at UA at an almost identical size as Da'Shawn Hand did in 2014.
Yes, and Hand was about the same size as Jonathan Allen. When you watch Ray, you see exceptional brute force and explosiveness. He gets to the quarterback often and inflicts pain on ball-carriers. His high school coach also lauds his character, calling him “one of the best humans” that he has ever been around. I have a feeling that Ray is going to earn some immediate action.
Brown finished third in his heat and 10th overall in the first round of the men’s 100 meters in a personal-best and Alabama season-best 10.27 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals.
“I thought it was a good day,” Alabama head coach Dan Waters said in a release. “We came in very focused and did what we expected to do. If we carry the focus and effort over to the next two days we have a chance to have a good meet.”
Although it is nearing an end, this is Brown’s fourth season as a member of the Tide track and field team. The former five-star cornerback earned first-team All-American honors in 2015 and 2016 after a stellar high school career -- which ended as the 2013 Texas Class 4A state champion in the 110-meter hurdles.
How fast is Tony, Da’Shawn?
This whole secondary is fast, fast.
"Arden's been around, so I've seen Arden," Aranda said. "Arden's looking good. We get back together next week with a full staff. ... I anticipate at that time that we'll hear about Arden's direction and where he's going and whether he'll be with us or not.
"I'm very hopeful that he will be. I think we have a defense with Arden and a defense without Arden. There's two very separate entities there. I'm pulling for the one with."
LSU fans are waiting with bated breath on this one.
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.