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Happy Friday, everyone. BamaBrave4 has already covered you on basketball going forward under Nate Oats, but Cecil chimed in as well.

Alabama should have a promising core in the future, even if Kira Lewis and John Petty do not return, as Oats seems to think is possible. This is about as far into the future as my crystal ball can see but it wouldn’t be shocking to have four of next November’s starting five be Herb Jones, Jaden Shackelford, Jahvon Quinerly and James Rojas.

The depth situation and maybe even the fifth starter might become clearer fairly quickly, perhaps as soon as this Friday in some ways. Five isn’t nearly enough, of course.

Depth was an issue for Alabama all season long. But that group, plus some others, should start far ahead of where they were last October, thanks in large part to what they learned in 2020.

I remain firm in my belief that we will see a lot of transfers on the roster as a matter of practice under Coach Oats, both from the juco and D1 levels. He likes veteran players with polished skills.

Bob Bowlsby thinks playing without fans is a possibility.

I remain optimistic that there will be football played this season. It may not be the full slate of games, but surely by the fall we are far enough along that players can live quarantined together and play conference games with minimal risk. I remain hopeful that things will be much better than that by then. How about y’all?

Poll

Will there be college football in 2020?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Yes, with fans.
    (312 votes)
  • 21%
    Yes, without fans.
    (117 votes)
  • 21%
    No. /sobs
    (119 votes)
548 votes total Vote Now

Texas fans are still talking about Colt getting hurt, and Ha Ha had a nice response.

I agree, Ha Ha.

Aaron Suttles says that the 2012 SEC Championship Game against Georgia, that should have pushed Amari Cooper easily past Julio for top Saban WR if only y’all knew how to vote right, was his favorite game to cover.

My favorite game that I’ve covered is the 2012 SEC Championship Game in the old Georgia Dome against Georgia. Why, you ask? Because it had drama in spades. There were wild swings of momentum. There were key turnovers. There were huge plays. Both teams ran the damn ball. Both teams were 11-1. Alabama ranked No. 2, Georgia No. 3. Both teams were great. Both teams deserved to win. Both teams would’ve won the national championship that year and one did, with UA clobbering a comically overmatched Notre Dame team in the BCS title game.

It was a classic, indeed. Amari caught eight balls for 128 yards and the winning score, but who’s counting?

Christopher Walsh is doing a “Where are they now?” series of former Bama stars, and John Hannah is his latest.

“I have a different type of rotation system, so every morning a little after sunrise I have to get my cattle into some smaller paddocks where I let ‘em intensively graze and then I come back, eat breakfast, then about two-and-a-half to three hours after I put the cows in those little paddocks I go back and take ‘em out,” Hannah said. “Then I start my daily routine of fixing some fences and you know doing the little things you have to do around the farm to keep it up and keep it going.”

That’s a lot of work for a 68-year-old former lineman, but Hannah says he enjoys it and takes the routine to heart each and every day.

“You know, I’ve always – I guess because of the football background – enjoyed being outdoors and I enjoy physical labor,” Hannah said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

They don’t make ‘em like Hannah anymore.

Last, I’m just going to leave this breaking news from NASA right here for your amusement. Yes, this is a real story.

Ain’t that the truth?

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

Roll Tide.