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Weekend notes: A-Day is set, Saban hires new CB coach

A bit of football news for your Saturday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 07 Georgia at Vanderbilt Photo by Jamie Gilliam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

All eyes will be on Alabama basketball this afternoon as Nate Oats’ squad tussles with the Dawgs, but a couple of football nuggets broke yesterday. First off, we now know that A Day will be April 17.

This year’s game is expected to have a reduced capacity similar to games during the 2020 season.

“It’s not done yet, but we’re probably gonna end up having to ticket the event because we will have to limit capacity somewhere probably in the 20-25 percent range,” athletics director Greg Byrne said during a school-produced interview Friday. “We haven’t finalized that yet, working through those details, but we are gonna have it, which we didn’t have last year, so that’s another good step for us.”

The word “ticket” usually implies a cost, but nothing has been announced to that effect.

in other news, Saban has filled the opening left by Karl Scott.

Jay is an up and comer who started his career as a quality control assistant at Georgia before cutting his teeth as an assistant DB coach for the Chiefs in 2018. In 2019, he went to Rutgers as cornerbacks coach and then moved for the same role Texas last season. When Tom Herman was fired, he had reportedly committed to coach for the Houston Cougars but backed out of that when offered a position by the Philadelphia Eagles, which he is now backing out of to come to Alabama.

That is a lot of job hopping, but it isn’t his fault that the whole Texas staff was let go. It’s tough to fault a young, rising coach with trying to better himself, and there is no better place to do that than Alabama under Nick Saban. Hopefully he can find a home here for a bit. There is certainly plenty of talent to work with.

Enjoy your weekend.

Roll Tide.