Happy Thursday, everyone. Maybe we should call it Thirsty Thursday since sports starved fans will finally have a little taste of something as the NFL holds something resembling the draft.
Draft day is one of my favorite days of the year. Yes, the suspense. Yes, the surprises. But mostly getting to see so many young men achieving a lifelong dream. Hope we get to still see some raw emotion tonight on ESPN/ABC despite the circumstances.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) April 23, 2020
That is the best part of it, and I don’t know how much we will see. Just like the people who were denied senior sports seasons, graduation ceremonies, and innumerable other honors and experiences, this draft class will be denied the opportunity to walk on that stage and get that jersey and hat from the commissioner. That sucks. On a positive note, this draft will be of particular interest to Alabama fans with so many top prospects.
Saban is just hopeful that he will have a season to play.
“I think college football is really important to college athletics. I think everybody knows that quite a bit of the revenue that supports all the sports at any university comes from football,” Saban said. “But you also have to make sure it’s going to be safe to be able to do it. I really can’t make any predictions. I’m hopeful that sometime in the summer the players can come back here and we can get around the players and they can get back to school.
“We’re doing as much research as we can, whether it’s talking to Abbott about what kind of testing programs we could implement here for the safety of the players and our students.
“But I don’t think anybody knows what is college football going to look like? What is any football going to look like? Are we going to have seats between fans? Are we going to come up with a solution that allows people to go to games? Are we going to have to test people to get in stadiums? Are we going to have to play games with nobody? Are we even going to be able to play games at all? I’m hopeful. And we’ve got so many great people in this country that do research and develop and they solve the problems that I feel confident that somebody will come up with some solution that will get us back to normal sometime here soon.”
Let’s hope so, Coach.
Nick may now have an email, but don’t be expecting any return texts.
Nick Saban told us he has never sent an email in his life.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) April 22, 2020
He has also never sent a text.
"I receive them...then I call the person back." @dpshow
The man defines old school where communication is concerned.
Tua signed another endorsement deal yesterday, this time with Lowe’s, and spoke with some of the Tuscaloosa location employees via video call.
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In more of the good stuff, USC draft prospect Austin Jackson is a bone marrow donor.
Jackson, who played at USC and is one of the top tackles in the NFL draft, was a bone marrow match for Autumn and became her donor.
“She’s had it since she was born,” Jackson said. “The procedure I did, the bone marrow transplant, allows her body to accept my blood cells. Thank god we were a perfect match through blood testing. That allowed her to fully restart her system and her body is now producing red blood cells.”
What a special relationship that will be for the rest of their lives.
SI tells us how Taulia can chart his own path.
Mark Freeman — who has coached Alabama high school football since 1998 and who coached Tagovailoa for two seasons at Thompson High School (Alabaster, Ala.) — told Sporting News that the younger Tagovailoa is more than capable of winning Alabama’s quarterback battle.
“The comparisons with Tua, I think are really unfair,” Freeman told Sporting News. “I think God completed only one Tua Tagovailoa, and that doesn’t mean that Taulia doesn’t have strength of his own, unique to him. So I think if they can go in there, and if they offer him the same reps, I think Taulia can compete with the best of them.”
Agreed, just not sure about the Alabama part. We shall see.
Last, a couple of basketball transfers found new homes.
Former Bishop O'Dowd/ Findlay Prep Star Raymond Hawkins has committed to Long Beach St. @raymondhawkiins— SIMPLY BASKETBALL (@simplyy_bball) April 23, 2020
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Congratulations to both.
That’s about it for now, we will have more on the draft later. Have a great day.