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More beefy linemen to feed the machine

losketIt’s late Spring, and for you and I that may mean taking a little break. But for the GOAT, that’s when he really gets going. On top of Arch Manning’s visit, and scheduling visits by a ESPN 100 WR and OT, yesterday Nick Saban offered future blue-chipper, 6’3” 285 DT KJ Sampson.

Sampson will be tough to pry out of North Carolina — so many of those guys stay home or go to Clemson. But, Sampson was over the moon with the offer:

“It was really crazy honestly,” Sampson told BamaCentral. “You don’t get to talk to people like Nick Saban every single day. Not many people are on his level. I mean Alabama has played in eight of the last 11 national title games so it was crazy. It was just really cool and a great experience to talk to him on the phone. We talked about my film, my size and how well I move for my size.

Sampson just completed his sophomore season at New Bern High School, where he recorded 45 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and four quarterback hurries in only five games played in a pandemic-shortened season.

The sophomore is already being feted by the usual suspects: Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia et al.

BOL is beginning their preliminary assessments of opposing players, and today they start with Arkansas (and one of my favorite non-Bama players. If there’s an all-heart team, Morgan is getting a start).

Grant Morgan, LB

Morgan played in 45 straight games before missing the regular-season finale against the Tide due to injury. A tackling machine, the 5-foot-11, 230-pound linebacker recorded 15 or more tackles in four games, which was the most by a Razorback since 2003 and the most by an SEC defender since 2015. He paced the team with 111 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss and was tied for second with a couple of sacks. The former walk-on elected to return to Fayetteville for a sixth season, and alongside Bumper Pool, will lead Arkansas’ defense once again.

The Georgia apologists at Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as usual, kept it it classy AF with Colt Brennan’s passing.

Seriously, what’s wrong with people?

Great story here on the Washington FC defensive lineman, and Crimson Tide fan favorite, Jonathan Allen.

The day after the Washington Football Team pulled off a stunning victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive tackle Jonathan Allen joined a virtual conference to speak with 15 students who lost parents serving in the military. Allen, whose brother is an Army sergeant first class and whose father is a 23-year retired Army sergeant first class, understands the challenges and commitments that military life requires of a family.

“In football, people like to give speeches and they like to give motivational stuff, and that’s good and dandy, but what’re you going to do when that feeling goes away?” he told the students of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. “For me, I always look back to my ‘why,’ and my ‘why’ is my family, first and foremost.”

Moments later, one of the students surprised Allen by informing him he had been selected as Washington’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for 2020. With the honor, $40,000 was donated to an organization that has become the heart of Allen’s mission off the field: helping homeless youth.

This may surprise you, but LSU appears to have been knee-deep in sketch again; the Tigers were hosting NCAA Women’s Golf regional play in a grouping that also included Alabama.

What did they do? Despite heavy rains projected for Baton Rouge, administrators did not move play up to account for the weather. Once rain began — and 7” fell in three days — Tigers ground crew did no maintenance on the course. Bunkers were shot, and there was standing water in some fairways. Even the most zealous proponent of play (Miami’s coach), admitted at least 4 or 5 holes would need to be modified.

NCAA brass called the whole thing off and the Top 6 (including Alabama and LSU) automatically advance to NCAA Nationals.

The whole thing is remarkably scuzzy.

As Purdue’s coach said best:

“This place has zero business hosting another regional,” said Chadwell, who said zero effort was made to adjust as it became clear that the tournament couldn’t be played in a normal fashion. You find a way to get it done.”

Well, they did get it done...in the way that best benefits them. Is this where I point out that the Tigers have only been in serious contention once since mid-February?

Happy Belated Gump Day!

The first of dozens of state-level NIL laws are going into effect on July 1, and the NCAA has had absolutely no urgency about passing its own initiatives.

It’s left all the stakeholders involved upset, because no one is happy with the present proposals from anyone.

Alabama softball faces the Kentucky Wildcats today in SEC Tournament play. On Saturday, the Tide pasted Ole’ Miss, and they come into this matchup with some rest and homefield.

Here’s how to watch / stream / listen:

The Alabama Crimson Tide softball team is scheduled to face the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2021 Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, May 13.

The game is scheduled to start 35 minutes after the preceding game. An estimated start time is 6:30 p.m. CT. No. 3 seed Alabama enters the matchup 42-7 overall. On Saturday, Alabama beat Ole Miss 6-1.

The No. 6-seeded Kentucky Wildcats come into the contest 39-12 overall. On Wednesday, UK beat Georgia 3-0 in the SEC Tournament.

After imploding against Florida, the Tide are on a 10-game winnings streak. However, ‘Bama did lose the season series against Kentucky in Lexington.

Hope for the best!
Roll Tide

Finally, if you get bored today at lunch, Vice did an excellent longform on the rise of diva wide receivers. It’s quite interesting