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Jumbo Package: Wrapping up spring camp

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Happy Monday, everyone. The now 41-4 softball team took the first two from Georgia this weekend and will close out the series tonight at 6pm CT on SEC Network. These ladies have a chance to go deep into the postseason, particularly if Montana Fouts can get back. It’s probably better that you don’t look at the baseball scores in Starkville, though Roger will be along with the snuff film recap later in the morning. Coach Bo is the right man and he’s building something, but it’s a long scale project.

Wrapping up spring practice, Saban’s hip is probably the biggest story.

Saban will miss the golfing for a few weeks, at least. He will take the time to “have his hip fixed,” as he has expressed it. The procedure may curtail a couple of weeks of travel and it will certainly address the vexatious question of whether Saban can be a model patient. It also will allow him to coach “a lot more years,” which he pointed out partly from transparency and partly because of the annually-increasing speculation from recruiting rivals Saban may be headed to retirement. Always be recruiting, above all else.

The hip issue is the first sign of aging we’ve seen from the head man. As Cecil said, the comment about coaching for many more years was targeted for one very specific audience: recruits.

The spring award winners will offer some insight into the new names you can expect to hear this fall.

Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award – offensive lineman Evan Neal, tight end Cameron Latu, outside linebacker Eyabi Anoma, wide receiver Slade Bolden, inside linebacker Shane Lee

Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award – defensive lineman Christian Barmore, offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor, safety Jared Mayden, inside linebacker Josh McMillon

Mal Moore Leadership Award – tight end Miller Forristall, long snapper Thomas Fletcher, offensive lineman Chris Owens

Owens seems to have the center job pretty well locked up, and Ekiyor should slot in at left guard next to Alex Leatherwood as he has all spring. As always, the group will need to show the ability to communicate, but the talent is undeniable. There are blue chips everywhere.

Check out this cool moment captured by Michael Casagrande.

Pretty cool stuff right there.

Blake Sims is still going to pursue a football career, but he has backup plans.

On the broadcasting front, he said he’s working with legendary radio host and SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum, which would lead to other opportunities with SEC Network or on gamedays at Alabama.

The early demise of the Alliance caught him off guard and likely accelerated Sims’ transition to a career after football.

”It was very tough, very tough,” he said of the Alliance shutdown. “But at the same time, I don’t feel like me and the teammates I was close with on the Birmingham Iron, we’re upset for the league ending, but we’re happy for the opportunity. Some guys haven’t been on the field for years, but just to have that feeling, it gave them hope again.

You have a bunch of people rooting for you, Blake.

Yesterday was Masters Sunday, and while most focused on the heartwarming tale of a billionaire narcissist, who has treated everyone - from his wife to his full gallery of mistresses to his best man and former caddy - like disposable undergarments, managing to leverage his unlimited resources enough to get his back fixed and regain the ability to hit a golf ball sufficiently for a return to the pedestal built by the same people who fed that ego to begin with, I’ll just post this ace from former Tide golfer Justin Thomas.

Roll Tide, JT.

Last, Michigan fans are ready to see some offense.

Jim is reportedly modernizing things. We’ll see how it goes.

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

Roll Tide.