Happy Monday, everyone. Tua’s rehab is going swimmingly.
“He’s doing miraculously well,” Kevin Wilk, Tagovailoa’s physical therapist at the Champion Sports Medicine facility in Birmingham, Alabama, told Safid Deen of the South Flordia Sun Sentinel. “The miraculous part is that he healed so well. The second part is, he’s been so well at getting his strength back, which usually takes a long time after something like this.”
To get that “miraculous” description, Tagovailoa has been putting in significant amounts of time rehabbing. He’s spent around 3 1/2 hours each workout on his hip, ankles, and left shoulder as he continues to prepare for his rookie season, per Dean.
Tua Tagovailoa making a miraculous recovery, you say?
Said it before, but I will never pass up an excuse to post that. Great to hear that Tua is progressing ahead of schedule. Hopefully we see him suited up in the preseason.
Saban brought in another guest speaker for the squad, this time virtually.
Alabama Football players and staff had a tremendous opportunity this week to learn from former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice#BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/feUfWk1JOE— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) June 12, 2020
No word on exactly what was covered, but the players seemed to enjoy it.
Cecil thinks we’ll probably be looking at half full stands in the fall.
My guess, and it is only a guess, is that Alabama will also be at something like 50 percent capacity for its home games, with a facial covering being required. Most of the Southeastern Conference schools would like to see league-wide consistency but not all the state governments in the SEC region are the same. Basketball is much further in the future but also presents the challenge of an indoor venue and, even in November, restrictions might be possible.
Again, most people — myself included — want football back, with fans, at the soonest date that it can be done safely. There is still some time before logistical deadlines make decisions necessary. But those decisions will involve accommodating reality, not pretending certain realities that we do not like therefore do not exist.
As he also notes, money is almost assuredly going to ensure that football gets played, regardless of the number of fans who can attend.
Alabama fans certainly plan on going.
An Alabama spokesperson told AL.com that 90 percent of TIDE PRIDE ticket holders renewed their seats for the 2020 season. There were approximately 16,000 TIDE PRIDE account holders in 2018 and 2019, according to the school. It doesn’t include season tickets sold to faculty/staff, lettermen, 17,000 for students and a few thousand allotted to opposing fans in the 101,821-seat stadium.
247sports examines which coaches have the most games played while ranked #1, and I bet you can guess who tops the list.
If you take a look at a list of active college football coaches, you could probably guess which current coach has the most games coached as the No. 1 team in the AP Poll. In fact, it isn’t even remotely close.
If you guessed Nick Saban, you were obviously correct. Saban has the most coached games as the No. 1 team in the country compared to any other active Division I football coach. Now the next question is, how many games has Saban coached as the No. 1 team in the country?
Saban has coached an astounding 80 games as the No. 1 team in the country according to the AP Poll. That incredible number is 66 games more than the next highest coach.
Second on the list is Les Miles, so that gap will widen once Alabama smokes Georgia in September.
Last, SEC Shorts has a new video out flashing back to 1998 and it’s pretty funny, but damn if I’m going to embed anything that has Tennessee celebrating a national title. You can watch it here.
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.