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Jumbo Package: 48 hours after surgery, Nick Saban is back at work

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I spend 48 hours whining after a root canal

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It takes most people more than two days to get over a cold. But, for Alabama’s notorious workaholic head coach, that’s 48 hours wasted on himself rather than working on the game plan for Duke.

Unfortunately, Saban won’t be able to attend the NFL Draft as he usually does. But, make no mistake, he’s already spoken to all 32 GMs and head coaches multiple times in the past four months

Although he’s back on his feet, Saban will miss his annual appearance at the NFL draft on Thursday. He and former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram were also forced to withdraw from this year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, which will take place next week in Greensboro, Ga. Saban has represented Alabama at the event every year since 2007.

“I had one day on the walker,” Saban told Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News. “Now I’m on the cane. I’ll probably throw that son of a bitch away tomorrow.”

Part Three of Deionte Thompson’s Road to the Pros video series is up. Parts one and two in the link.

Just to make sure you’ve not forgotten, Bill C has begun his preview of the 2019 football season. He’s already on to the Mountain, and doing the lord’s work — such as this one on the mother of all tough home games (the Air Force Falcons) and the slow-but-steady rebuild of Craig Bohl’s Wyoming Cowboys.

This seems like criminal oversight, but superstar-in-making Montana Fouts earned just her first SEC Pitcher of the Week honors yesterday. She previously won SEC Freshman of the Week honors three times, but, I mean...c’mon...look at this:

This season, the Grayson, Ky., native is 13-1 with an 0.97 ERA that leads the SEC and is fifth nationally along with 125 strikeouts over 101.0 innings. In conference play, she is one of three Tide pitchers ranked in the top four by ERA, currently at 1.75 across 36.0 innings.

LOL. How’s that working out for you, Big 10?

How much momentum is there for expanding the College Football Playoff from four teams to six or eight or 16? Zero.

That’s the consensus among Power 5 commissioners at the annual CFP spring meetings Wednesday in Irving, Texas.

Expansion isn’t even on the menu for the Spring Meetings that kicked off yesterday.

Outstanding piece here from Staples.

For the third consecutive season, the SEC invited a group of us who write and talk about college football to attempt to officiate a spring game. The idea is for us to have a little more empathy when we see a controversial call and a lot more understanding of how the officials reach their conclusions. I never considered myself overly critical of officials.

I always appreciated that their job was difficult and thankless. But after spending a little more than half a spring game as a working line judge, I came to a different conclusion.

Their jobs are nearly impossible.

You should check that out.

Someone asked Dabo if Clemson played a soft schedule (and they totes do), and his response was gold: We played Alabama three times, and then mentioned other teams in the Playoffs, and then mentioned the South Carolina game that must be played — under threat of legal action from the state assembly.

LOL. I don’t even know where to begin with that.

The basketball class of 2019 isn’t even fully complete yet, and Nate Oats is already on the trail for 2020.

Yesterday, he offered the nation’s No. 2 player, dynamic guard Jalen Green out of Fresno:

The new-look Crimson Tide staff has visited with a number of prospects, handing out several offers along the way. The latest to report good news from Bama is five-star shooting guard Jalen Green of Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial.

The nation’s No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings, tweeted his offer on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-5, 170-pounder averaged 27.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game

For the 14th consecutive season under Coach Mic Potter, the Alabama Women’s Golf program will compete in the NCAA National Championships. Auburn is hosting its regional.

The Alabama women’s golf team was one of 18 teams selected to compete at the 2019 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, it was announced Wednesday night on the Golf Channel. The Crimson Tide earned the No. 10 seed at the Auburn Regional, which will take place May 6-8 at the par 72, 6,500-yard Saugahatchee Country Club.

The men are a few weeks behind the women’s season start, so they have just begun SEC Championships play. The No. 25 Crimson Tide are on the outside looking in as of today’s second round: 10 SEC teams are ranked in the Top 40 with only the Top 8 from SECs advancing from stroke play, and the Tide are...14th...out of 14. Ouch.

UA, one of 10 teams in a stacked SEC field that is ranked among the top-40 teams in the nation, currently finds itself on the outside looking in for one of the coveted top-eight spots to qualify for match play, which begins on Saturday morning. The final 36 holes of match play – 18 holes on Thursday and Friday – will determine the cut line and seeding heading into this weekend’s action.

It hasn’t been the dominating year on the links many expected for Alabama golf, but anyone can get hot over the next few days — I seem to recall witnessing that very thing in Augusta two weeks ago.

Best of luck to Potter and Seawell’s teams, and Roll Tide.

We have some NFL draft previews for you later and hopefully a piece on the new substantive rules in football. But, TBH, that one is taking longer than expected. You may have to wait until tomorrow if you want something intelligible.