Alabama football: Longtime Nick Saban assistant Joe Pendry will reportedly leave Alabama
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Joe Pendry to leave Alabama
Joe Pendry, the longtime right-hand man to Alabama coach Nick Saban, will step down. Pendry served as offensive line coach for four seasons before transitioning to Saban’s special adviser and NFL liaison. He’s held that off-the-field role since 2011.
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2 Alabama players selected
Alabama had two players selected on Day 2 of the MLB draft. Pitcher Jake Walters went in the ninth round to the Miami Marlins, while outfielder Chandler Taylor went in the 10th round to the Houston Astros. Walters and Taylor were both seniors last season. Taylor was selected last season, but opted to return to Alabama instead of going pro.
Alabama's two selections on Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft increased the Crimson Tide’s all-time total to 150 players drafted since the event's inception in 1966. UA has had at least one player selected 40 straight years, dating back to 1979, and 47 of the 53 MLB drafts overall.
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C.M. Newton passes away
Alabama basketball legend C.M. Newton passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Newton boasted a record of 211-123 during his 12 seasons as Alabama’s coach. Newton led Alabama to three straight SEC championships in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He also won SEC coach of the year in back-to-back seasons. Alabama coach Avery Johnson and Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne both gave statements on his passing.
“I was extremely saddened when I heard of the passing of legendary former University of Alabama coach C.M. Newton,” Johnson said in a release. “C.M. was present at my first press conference when I arrived at Alabama back in April of 2015 and was always very supportive. He welcomed me with open arms and was so instrumental in my transition to The University of Alabama. C.M. impacted so many people in the world of basketball on the collegiate and professional levels and with USA basketball. His spirit will continue to live on, and we will strive to make him proud of us each and every day.”
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