Happy Thursday, everyone. Cecil Hurt opens up this morning with an outline of Alabama’s COVID procedures.
Extensive testing has been and continues to be conducted in accordance with guidance from The University of Alabama System Task Force, UA President’s Advisory Committee and relevant government agencies to promote a safe environment for student-athletes and staff. This includes testing all student-athletes as they arrived on campus. Should a student-athlete test positive for COVID-19, resources and protocols are in place to ensure they receive the best available care, which includes appropriate space to isolate from other student-athletes.
The wording of “appropriate space to isolate” is interesting. Alabama has still said nothing about mandatory quarantines for positive cases. Unfortunately we learned that the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis has been canceled. Time will tell if that means anything for other neutral site games like, say, the Advocare Classic in Arlington. Hope for the best.
Moving on, recruiting analysts think that Alabama has landed a great one in Christian Leary.
When talking about the top slot receiver prospect in the country, Christian Leary has to be one of the first names mentioned. The new Alabama commit is among the fastest and most explosive players in the country, a threat to score anytime he touches the football. An angle eraser, they get him the ball in a variety of ways at Edgewater High and let him do the rest. Wildcat quarterback, return game, quick screens, slants over the middle and he quickly finds daylight and pulls away from defenders. Twice in the state championship game against powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas he took wildcat snaps for long touchdown runs and had nearly 200 yards of offense in the tough 28-23 loss. He single-handedly almost took down a top five team in the country in that one.
Perhaps the fastest guy in this recruiting class who also rises to the occasion and puts his team on his back against a huge opponent?
Finebaum is gone from SEC Nation.
The Tim Tebow-led “SEC Nation” will have a total face-lift this college football season, The Post has learned.
Bachelorette star/college football analyst Jordan Rodgers will be added to the show, as Paul Finebaum and Marcus Spears exit, according to sources. Meanwhile, Laura Rutledge is set to return as the program’s host that airs on the ESPN-owned SEC Network.
ESPN offered Ben Watson an SEC Network job that he turned down, while it has auditioned Shaun Alexander, according to sources.
Won’t miss Paul even a little bit, but I’d love to see Shaun Alexander land an analyst role somewhere.
Rashaan Evans is ready to go.
“Just the simple fact of just as a team we got so close to the Super Bowl game. By me having that first experience being in the NFL and having that opportunity to get to that last game, I think it definitely gave me an even bigger motivation because I know how to get there now. I feel like just from the experience of the preparation that is needed for something like that, and, too, to know the type of leadership you need in order to be able to achieve something like that.”
Evans is a budding superstar.
Last, UA employee Wayne James tweeted some progress photos of the Coleman floor project.
The roster makeover has been even more impressive.
That’s about it for now. Have a great day.