What would a daily Jumbo Package be without some Covid/football arguing?
College sports found itself in the middle of a sensitive, highly politicized debate. It became increasingly difficult to strike the right balance between optimism and pessimism when diving into the complicated topic. Go too optimistic like Swinney and you get crushed for prioritizing sports over health. Go too negative like Herbstreit and your credentials are attacked as hordes of detractors on Twitter insist it’s “nothing more than the flu.” It caused some athletic directors to stick to the sidelines and avoid any public speculation, viewing it as a losing proposition to weigh in at all.
This is a tremendously well-written and researched piece that was a significant undertaking to write it all from AL.com. It really digs in to the intersectionality between college football and the Covid-19 issues, and is just overall a fascinating read.
• COVID-19 testing and results to be completed within 72 hours of competition in “high risk contact sports” such as football • Daily self-checks for athletes and staff • Masks to be worn on the sideline by all players, coaches and staff, including players who move from the playing field to the sideline to confer with coaches
• Outdoor training when possible, with indoor training only permissible with “good ventilation”
• Individuals with “high risk exposure” must be quarantined for 14 days The NCAA is using the Centers for Disease Control definition of “high risk exposure,” which is as follows: “any situation in which there has been greater than 15 minutes of close contact, defined as being less than six feet apart, with an infectious individual,” regardless if that individual is “symptomatic, pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.”
Welp, the NCAA has put out their guidelines for playing football this fall, and it... uh... doesn’t look hopeful. If a player catches the virus this fall, that team is probably going to have to cancel their next two games.
On a (hopefully) brighter note, the Brockermeyer twins are supposed to commit to someone later today:
Tommy Brockermeyer, a five-star lineman and the nation’s top-rated offensive tackle, will announce his college commitment on Friday when he chooses from his final five of Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Texas and Clemson. Brockermeyer’s decision will come on the same day as that of his brother, four-star interior lineman James Brockermeyer, who will decide from a final four of Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas.
Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated if Alabama lands the elite blocking twins out of the heart of Texas.
The University of Alabama wants to sign five offensive linemen this time around after adding only three in 2020.
JC Latham is the only offensive lineman to join at this point, so Ferguson’s decision is huge for the Crimson Tide.
Ferguson recently trimmed his list of schools to Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Arkansas. He plans to make a decision on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
If Alabama manages to get the commitment of Ferguson just two days after picking up the Brockermeyers... Man... This could be otherworldly offensive line class for the Tide. And 5-star Amarius Mims is still a very real possibility as well.
The Alabama Crimson Tide is in play to load up in the secondary for the Alabama football, 2021 recruiting class. One very important piece to that would be the 5-star defensive back, Jason Marshall. Marshall is a 6-feet-2 185-pound corner, who has the frame to put on 15 good pounds in the weight room.
For quite some time Marshall was thought to be a pretty big Florida lean. But as of late has been trending towards Alabama.
While we’re at it, how about another 5-star in cornerback Jason Marshall? Add in Ga’Quincy McKinstry, and Alabama is coming for ALL OF YOUR FIVE-STARS.
It’s Gump Day, but on a Friday.
Even though he’s leaving Alabama, Javian Davis may not be moving on from the SEC.
Mississippi State is one of the schools in the mix to land the former Crimson Tide forward, who went into the NCAA transfer portal last week.
The Mississippi native released a list of the schools he’s considering as transfer options on Thursday. The other schools on there aside from Mississippi State are Western Kentucky, Xavier, Georgetown, Tulane and Wake Forest.
Finally, Javian Davis has narrowed down his search for a new team. Davis is a fine basketball player that just didn’t quite fit with a new coach’s scheme. Here’s to hoping him the best going forward, unless it’s at Mississippi State when Alabama plays them.
Have a great weekend!