Alabama basketball: Avery Johnson adds assistant with Atlanta ties

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at Alabama’s new basketball coach. 

Avery Johnson’s team of recruiters grew on Monday night.

The head coach hired Yasir Rosemond away from the University of Georgia for his third season at Alabama. Rosemond’s tactical credentials are relatively unknown, but he comes to the Capstone as a highly touted and well-connected recruiter. Rosemond is an Atlanta native who has recruited several of the top recruits from the South’s biggest metropolis and coached at Samford in Birmingham for three years before moving from one set of Bulldogs to another.

His hiring gives Alabama an in-road to the most talent-rich city nearby, where Johnson himself and his top recruiter, Antoine Pettway, are relatively unconnected, while consolidating the Crimson Tide’s position in their own backyard.

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Among the more … unusual NFL contract clauses, Eddie Lacy is incentivized to meet certain weight goals at regular weigh-ins on the path to a playing weight of 245 pounds. He made his first goal, weighing in at 253 pounds, below his target of 255, and earning $55,000. 

Eddie Jackson went from the marquee rivalry in college football to the marquee rivalry in the NFL when he joined the Chicago Bears. With former Alabama teammate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the other side, with Green Bay, Jackson is looking for all the advice he can get. He signed his rookie deal on Monday.

When Mark Barron moves to Los Angeles with the Rams, he’ll take on a new role as a through-and-through linebacker — no longer a hybrid end/LB.

Around the Capstone

After much criticism, the NCAA softball committee released a statement on Minnesota’s (lack of) seeding that placed the Big 10 champion in the Tuscaloosa Regional hosted by an SEC semifinalist. While the statement was ill-advised when silence would have sufficed, the NCAA’s logic centered on Minnesota’s (lack of) strength of schedule. Despite only losing three games, the Golden Gophers were punished for the Big 10’s weakness and lack of depth, particularly as compared to the dominant SEC. 

The soccer team released its fall schedule, which features a beast of a nonconference slate highlighted by a home match against juggernaut Florida State. The Seminoles are the class of college women’s soccer and Alabama coach Wes Hart’s previous employer, where he served as assistant coach to a national championship-winning side. View the full schedule, which includes two matches in Mobile and five straight matches to open the season, here.

The men’s golf team is in good position to qualify from its NCAA regional, sitting in third place after the first round, 5 strokes off the lead at 1-under par. Steven Setterstrom also is in third place at 3-under.

The baseball team released its academic honors for the year as it heads into its final series of the season at Vanderbilt.

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