Happy Monday, everyone. Alabama nation is on John Petty watch today, the deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the upcoming NBA Draft. There is reason for optimism and rumblings that he has already been working out with the team, but we know nothing definitive as of now.
Justin Thomas won his third PGA tour event this year, most in the sport.
A victory to return to World No. 1.— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) August 2, 2020
Justin Thomas earns his 13th PGA Tour title at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at 13-under par. pic.twitter.com/ADsA70QMCN
Roll Tide, JT.
In case you missed it from the weekend, Coach Battle has the ‘rona.
Battle, 78, is expected to make a full recovery.
“I appreciate the prayers and well-wishes from so many, and want to let you know that I’m stable and resting comfortably,” Battle said in his statement. “I’ve got great doctors and nurses at UAB looking after me and expect to make a full recovery. Time and patience are important in the meantime.”
Battle, a former Alabama football player on Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first national championship team in 1961, took over as the school’s athletic director in 2013. He stepped down in 2017 shortly after recovering from multiple myeloma and is currently a special assistant to school president Stuart R. Bell.
Sounds positive but his age and health concerns are worrisome. Get better, Coach.
Also, a group of Pac 12 players say they will sit out the season unless some demands are met. Many have to do with safety during the pandemic, and they have every right to ensure that there are protocols before deciding to play. Unfortunately, you then get to the financial demands.
Fair Market Pay, Rights, & Freedoms
Distribute 50% of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.
Six-year athletic scholarships to foster undergraduate and graduate degree completion.
Elimination of all policies and practices restricting or deterring our freedom of speech, our ability to fully participate in charitable work, and our freedom to participate in campus activities outside of mandatory athletics participation.
Ability of players of all sports to transfer one time without punishment, and additionally in cases of abuse or serious negligence.
Ability to complete eligibility after participating in a pro draft if player goes undrafted and foregoes professional participation within seven days of the draft.
Due process rights
Half of all revenue plus six year scholarships, eh?
Yeah, good luck with that.
Check out this Clemson knucklehead’s bright idea.
As Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford said last week on the Packer & Durham Show, he is disappointed, but the Southeastern Conference is intitled to make their own decisions in regard to the conference’s four rivalry games with the ACC being canceled.
So, I have a proposal to Swofford, the ACC and Clemson. Let’s cancel the 2021 games, too. Clemson is already playing Georgia to open the season in Charlotte. Allow the Tigers and the ACC to get back the home game and TV rights they lost this year in the rivalry game to South Carolina.
Yeah, Clemson’s players would be thrilled to lose the South Carolina game in favor of yet another ACC caliber opponent.
Pro Football News ranked slot receivers, and you know who is first.
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Waddle is an extremely fun football player. With blazing speed and a knack for burning people after the catch, Waddle already has a terrific baseline as a wide receiver. In fact, he may be the fastest player in the class. Still, with the stacked wide receiver room Alabama had, Waddle was primarily a slot threat that split zones and took the top right off the defense.
That man is a gamebreaker. Interestingly, they also include Devonta Smith. Given his size and change of direction, he may well fit there in the NFL.
An Alabama LB commit has announced his intentions to enroll early.
early enrolling ‼️— Deontae Lawson❕❕ (@deontae_8) August 2, 2020
Good for Deontae. That always gives a leg up, and I don’t mean the Ole Miss definition.
Last, Charlie Potter has some photos of the Bryant-Denny improvements.
Bryant-Denny Stadium construction photos from a stroll around campus: pic.twitter.com/Udkf4PZ2O0— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 3, 2020
That’s about it for today. Have a great week.