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Happy Friday, everyone. The Gym Tide will look to rebound at Missouri tonight for a 7:30 CT meet that will be televised on SEC Network. Speaking of Missouri, it was a rough day for their athletic department as the NCAA barred the football, baseball, and softball teams from postseason play for academic fraud. They have already announced their intent to repeal.

In Alabama news, homecoming is set.

Alabama announced Thursday its 2019 Homecoming football game will be played against Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Further details about Homecoming weekend activities, including kickoff time for the game, will be released as they are finalized.

It’s Alabama so BBQ pork is always welcome for such an event.

Don’t tell anybody, but Saban’s sense of humor is downright juvenile.

I was one of the rare lucky ones. He never really yelled at me. He used to joke with me and say a couple of things, but besides that he never ... Like if I was catching a lot of passes that day, he would try to say something like, ‘Hey Josh, you keep catch all these passes, how about you hold deez?’ or something like that. Just something funny for a coach to try and translate and get to know to each player.

Yes, Saban was grabbing his junk and telling Josh Jacobs to hold Deez Nuts. If only that could have been caught on camera.

There will be many Sunseris at Alabama next season.

Nick Saban is expected to hire Tino Sunseri in a support staff capacity, sources told

Sunseri, a three-year starter at quarterback for Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2012, was a quality control assistant at Tennessee last season after two years on the staff at Florida State.

It probably wouldn’t be at Alabama, but I bet Sal has visions of being a head coach somewhere with Tino at OC and Vinnie at DC.

The Tide have some options on the DL.

Williams’ production will be difficult for Alabama to replace. But we said the same thing last year throughout the entire offseason when Daron Payne moved on to the NFL. If any program can replace a first-round pick with another first-round pick -- and one that will likely go higher in the draft -- it’s Alabama. But players like Mathis and Barmore will certainly have to step up their games to make up for the loss. Mathis saw time as a reserve last season in all 15 games and seems like the leading candidate. Barmore was selected as a scout team Player of the Week nine times and could provide depth. There could be other possibilities at nose guard, as well.

Christian Barmore is my breakout candidate for next season. Like Quinnen Williams, he was a solid four-star coming out of high school, took a redshirt and generated plenty of buzz on the scout team. I will be interested in seeing how he does next season.

Khris Bogle’s commitment seems tenuous with the departure of Tosh Lupoi.

It’s unclear if Alabama will be able to hold on to four-star defensive end/outside linebacker Khris Bogle, who committed to the Tide Jan. 5. After taking an official visit to Florida last weekend, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida native reportedly got visits from the Miami staff Monday and Wednesday and is now reportedly set to take an official visit to Miami this weekend. Bogle’s high school coach, Matt DuBuc, told this week that he wouldn’t be surprised if Bogle ends up signing with Miami. “The head coach (Manny Diaz) is a defensive guy,” DuBuc said, “and I think Manny is going to map out how they’re going to use him and I think it’s always one of those positives when you’re recruiting a kid in that position where the head coach can also have a big role in the defense.”

Come on, Khris. Texas fans call him Manny _iaz for a reason. Seriously, every defense he coordinated from 2012-2015 was utter trash, but somehow he did a decent job for three seasons under Richt. He seems like a reach as a Power Five head coach at this stage.

Roger can undoubtedly provide more detail, but the baseball team has a cool story involving a walk-on.

The 130-pound high school shortstop at Alabama baseball’s walk-on tryouts wouldn’t have stood out from the crowd. The only college to show interest in Chase Lee was Division III Covenant College in Chattanooga, so he came to Alabama as a regular student instead.

His parents pushed him to show up for Alabama’s open tryouts for the baseball team in September 2017.

A 130-lb. kid with no scholarship offers, not even from smaller schools, comes to Alabama and makes the team from open tryouts. Folks, that kind of thing doesn’t happen often. Best of luck to him.

Last, a bit of a personal note on my cousin, Cpl. Mark Weaver, who is known by many folks around the Alabama program. Mark retired yesterday after 36 years with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and even made the news.

You may remember Mark from the interview he gave us about his role during the Tuscaloosa tornado, after which he received an award for saving the life of an infant using CPR. For years, he also escorted the Alabama football team off the bus for the Walk of Champions and worked various security details during the games. He worked security at Hillcrest High football games as well and even volunteered as a coach, though his main role for the last 16 years of his career was as an elementary school resource officer. The opportunity to help mentor children, particularly those who have tough circumstances at home, has been very rewarding for him, and he has undoubtedly made an impact on many.

Congratulations to Mark and wife Patti on his retirement. Now on to spending even more time spoiling the grandchildren.

That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.