Happy Friday, everyone. The Gym Tide host Arkansas at 5:45pm CT on SEC Network tonight, and of course the softball team is in the midst of an invitational. They whipped the #1 Washington Huskies yesterday, so perhaps things are shoring up.
Not much news to report, but Al.com is talking about coaching stability.
Should this hold, Alabama would be in place for the most stable offseason after a string of chaotic December-February transitions.
It would be the first time both coordinators remained in their positions since 2015 when both Lane Kiffin and Kirby Smart returned for what became a national title run. Now both are rival head coaches in the SEC who have contributed to the turnover on Saban staffs since leaving the program.
Yes, it would be the first time that happened since 2015.
Enter this here Colorado writer stumping for Steve Sarkisian out in Boulder.
Sarkisian just finished the first year of his second stint as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, with two years in the NFL in between.
He’s a good coach, always has been; his tenures at Washington and USC were derailed by addiction.
He’s also a terrific recruiter with deep ties to Southern California and Seattle and connections across the South.
Sarkisian’s recruits were at the heart of Washington’s run to the playoff in 2016 under Chris Petersen.
During his two recruiting seasons at USC, the Trojans signed Adoree Jackson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Sam Darnold.
Hands off, Buffs.
Oh, and then there is this.
Former USF/Texas/Louisville head coach Charlie Strong was in Tuscaloosa visiting with the Alabama coaching staff Thursday. Strong was let go from USF following the season.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) February 14, 2020
I’m taking the Strong thing with a grain of salt at this point, and even if he was in Tuscaloosa, coaches visit and consult regularly. Could there be something to it? Sure, but it’s too early to suggest it right now.
Alabama’s defensive front has a chance to be a legitimate strength this season.
Besides Ray, Barmore will be an exciting option to watch develop as a third-year sophomore. He finished last year with 26 tackles, six for loss and two sacks in 11 games.
”I think we need to make significant improvements with those guys,” Saban told BamaOnline’s Charlie Potter. “But I always say guys improve a lot from their first year to their second year.”
Tim Smith, Jamil Burroughs and Jah-Marien Latham are new names to watch on the interior, and elite playmakers Will Anderson and Chris Braswell are among the top outside linebackers/weak-side defensive ends in the nation and can take UA’s line to another level.
This group will enjoy the biggest improvement on Alabama’s team and be one of the most improved units in the nation.
I agree with this assessment. Barmore showed plenty of flashes last season and Ray should be a huge addition. Add in this year’s class and the guys who redshirted, and the numbers are strong here.
Last, Paul Finebaum wants a SAG card.
Paul Finebaum doesn’t have a SAG card.
“But I have applied for one,” quipped the ESPN personality on Thursday about the Screen Actor’s Guild membership.
Since the Sports Business Daily reported Tuesday the SEC Network analyst was weighing options, including a sitcom, as his three-year contract with ESPN ends in 2021, there have been more questions and speculation than answers and revelations.
What a world.
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.