Happy Monday, everyone. Alabama released its annual list of fessin’ up to NCAA misdemeanors, and great news! It’s much shorter than last year’s.
It’s early July, so the annual release of Alabama’s secondary NCAA infractions is here.
A list of 16 violations was posted to the school’s compliance website Friday after the fiscal year closed June 30.
Two of the 16 cases involved the football program -- both in connection with recruiting.
The first was for an assistant coach calling a recruit twice in a week outside of a contact period. The other was for an assistant contacting a recruit outside of the permissible periods. The assistant, who was not named, was not allowed to recruit off campus for 30 days.
Last year there were 23. Progress is progress, right?
Saban will speak on Wednesday at Media Days.
Wednesday, July 17
Alabama – Nick Saban
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Miss. State – Joe Moorhead
South Carolina – Will Muschamp
Let me go ahead and pre-write the recaps for you: every coach is pleased with his team’s attitude and work ethic, really excited to see what they can do this year, optimistic. Any position that suffered attrition has great candidates competing for playing time. Any returning starter has matured and is ready to take that next step.
Nate Oats has apparently scheduled Alabama’s home basketball opener.
Source: Alabama will open the 2019-20 college basketball season on November 5th against Penn in Tuscaloosa.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 4, 2019
Mark your calendars accordingly.
Sporting News placed more Alabama football players on its All-America team than any other school.
Juniors Jerry Jeudy (wide receiver) and Dylan Moses (linebacker) were selected to outlet’s first team.
Tua Tagovailoa was a second-team selection at quarterback. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence was the first-team pick.
Also on the second team from UA was Alex Leatherwood (tackle), senior Raekwon Davis (defensive line), redshirt senior Anfernee Jennings (linebacker) and junior Xavier McKinney (defensive back).
Alabama’s seven players are the most selected from any team with Clemson coming in second at five.
More Sunshine pumping, I see. Something tells me the Tide will have more than two first teamers by year’s end.
Cecil Hurt spoke with Rece Davis about the transfer portal.
“About the only good reason I can come up with to be against (player movement without a sit-out penalty) is nostalgia,” he said. “There are fans out there who love good old State U. and they think that a player who signs there should stay until graduates. They think ‘I would do anything to play for State U., and so should the players.
“But maybe a player has given everything he has to give and it just hasn’t worked out for him, and he doesn’t need to stay to the finish. Do kids make mistakes in those situations sometimes? Sure. But sometimes coaches make mistakes, too. Maybe not as often, but it happens. They decide a guy is just a special teams player, and he thinks he’s a starter, and I think he has every right to pursue that.
He does have every right to pursue it, two semesters after he transfers.
Hey, Ohio State commit Julian Fleming thinks he has a great point.
“That’s a stepping stone for coaches now,” Fleming told AL.com. “They’re going to Alabama and they’re moving up, because that’s just the process they go through. You know, Nick Saban is going to be there and is going to be reliable, but ultimately it was about I needed someone to coach me.”
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound wideout is close with new Crimson Tide wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins and said he had a relationship with Josh Gattis before his departure to Michigan as OC.
“I’ve been recruited by two, three coaches there,” Fleming told AL.com. “You know, I want someone I can rely on.”
That’s probably a good call, kid. Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley and now Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III have really struggled with that turnover. Completely understandable why you’d rather have a stable coach who hasn’t produced a first round WR during his tenure. All told, the Bucks haven’t had one since 2007.
Give Brian Hartline credit, though. He sold it and thus ranks above any Alabama coach on 247’s list of top recruiters for this cycle. Karl Scott is Alabama’s best at #9.
Number of commits: 9
Avg. rating: 93.85
The skinny: The only Alabama assistant in the Top 10 for 2020 despite the Crimson Tide currently holding the nation’s second-ranked class per the 247Sports Composite, Scott leads college football with nine commits he’s at least partially responsible for this cycle. Heralded athlete Drew Sanders (Denton, Texas) is the only 247Sports Composite five-star in the group, but there’s seven others who are rated in the four-star range including outside linebacker Quandarrius Robinson (Birmingham), one of the most talented players at his position in this class and the top player in the state of Alabama. Seven of Scott’s commitments are inside the Top247.
Here’s the thing: I have no idea how they are ranking these guys. Scott has more Top 247 commits than anyone else on the list has total pledges. Jeff Hafley at Ohio State ranks #2 with 5 commits and a 93.62 average rating. Chip Long at Notre Dame is #5 with seven commits and a 91.58 average. I... don’t understand.
Last, Mark Barron is a very good human being, y’all.
Back home during his break between the end of the offseason program and the start of training camp for the Steelers, Barron hopes he can “affect the kids” with his football camp.
”I feel like it’s so important for the mindset of these kids for them to see me, somebody who made it out of the inner-city,” Barron said. “I think it’s very important for them to see me and just to be around them.”
Before starting his free football camp, one of several held by Coastal Alabama’s NFL players, Barron came up with a plan to give away turkeys for Thanksgiving. At his third annual turkey giveaway last year, Barron sponsored the distribution of 1,500 turkeys split between Figures Community Center in Toulminville and Prichard City Hall.
Great stuff, Mark.
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.