Happy Tuesday, everyone. Last night, the Virginia Cavaliers completed their first ever national title run, clearly demonstrating in both of their Final Four games that they were the best team in the field.
Best of all, the Auburn fans are still very, very salty. They’re even mad at the One Shining Moment montage.
One Shining Moment showed Chuma get hurt, Bruce choking up about it, Chuma getting the net around his neck after Auburn beat Kentucky, the foul, and Bryce looking sad about it. That’s all Auburn did in this tournament. Yep.— WarBlogle.com (@WarBlogle) April 9, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Joe Goodman and Kevin Scarbinsky are shaken as well.
Chuma Okeke featured twice during "One Shining Moment." Bruce Pearl crying made the montage. Side note: Zion had six appearances by my count.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 9, 2019
It really couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch, and it’s nice to see those two hacks let their Barn flags fly out in the open for all to see.
Then, the all-tournament team came out and Auburn folk felt slighted all over again.
I don’t know about y’all, but I believe that official James Breeding should have been recognized for his fine work as well.
Moving on, Alabama got all kinds of good news yesterday. Besides Kira Lewis returning from the portal, Juwan Gary finally broke his silence and “re-committed.”
The 6’6” wing is the highest rated of the three 2019 signees at #73 overall, but all are in the top 100. This roster is very good already, and will be absolutely loaded should Trendon Watford join the party.
We also found out that Jedrick Wills is going to be fine.
An MRI confirmed that the injury suffered by Alabama’s right tackle during the team’s scrimmage on Saturday isn’t anything major.
Jedrick Wills has a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss the Crimson Tide’s final week of spring practice, according to a source, but the expectation is that the junior should be back to normal in the next couple weeks or so.
Too bad we won’t get to see him at A-Day, but nice to hear that there shouldn’t be any lingering effects. Speaking of A-Day...
Alabama leads the nation in spring game attendance during Saban’s tenure, with a total of 958,802 fans for an average of 79,900 fans per game. The largest A-Day crowd in school history came in 2011 (92,310). In Saban’s first year in 2007, the stadium was at full capacity before Bryant-Denny’s expansion (92,138).
The game serves as the 15th and final practice for the spring.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with television coverage on ESPN2. Admission is free and gates will open at 10 a.m. The clear bag policy and the use of metal detectors will be in effect.
Weather is always a big wild card for the event, and right now there is rain in the forecast. Hopefully it holds out. Of course, it is always a big day for recruiting.
Grimes II, the son of former Tide defensive lineman Reggie Grimes, earned an offer from the UA staff last summer at camp and has been a priority target ever since.
The nation’s No. 3 weak-side defensive end and the No. 28 overall player, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings, plans to make his first visit back to Tuscaloosa in 2019 this upcoming Saturday for A-Day.
Grimes has a chance to be a great one.
Five-star QB prospect Bryce Young out of California reportedly won’t be there as expected due to a family emergency, but Sark will be working hard to pry him away from USC.
Last, Athlon Sports has Tua as the best player in the country going into the season.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
As mentioned previously, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Tagovailoa are really 1A and 1B on this list. After guiding Alabama to a comeback victory in the national championship against Georgia two seasons ago, Tagovailoa earned the starting job for the 2018 campaign and posted 3,966 yards and 43 passing touchdowns (both single-season records for Alabama) to just six picks. Tagovailoa finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Kyler Murray.
No other Alabama players are listed, but that’s mainly because five QBs made the cut.
That’s about it for today. Have a great workday.