Alabama football: Celebrating Nick Saban and Alabama greats past, present and future
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at some abrupt transfers away from the program.
Countdown to kickoff
Saturday marked six weeks until Alabama football. To mark the occasion, AL.com named the 43rd best player in SEC history, one of the best cornerbacks to come out of Alabama, responsible for an iconic pick-six. BamaOnline celebrated by naming a safety the 10th-most important player of the season.
RollBamaRoll’s countdown hit its stride on the 41st day remaining, with four great 41s in Alabama history, from Cornelius Bennett to Shaun Alexander, but the real treat is from day 42: an emotional and stirring story of one moment in a lifetime of moments for a man who played football.
Decade of dominance
Christopher Walsh’s series on Nick Saban’s 10 years at Alabama that reshaped college football continues with a look at the personal trophies his stars have accumulated over the years – all while he misses out on coach-of-the-year awards.
And Saban’s influence is being felt farther afield. Michigan State is finally recognizing the impact he had at his first major coaching job, nearly two decades ago.
Other headlines from Alabama football:
- Saban against his former assistant Jimbo Fisher could be the coaching clash of the season. Saban is 10-0 against his direct coaching descendents.
- Bo Scarbrough has the hype but Damien Harris could be the next great Alabama back.
Watch the throne
The latest, largest and last of the watch lists was released on Friday, and four Alabama players made the cut. Bo Scarbrough, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jalen Hurts and Calvin Ridley were named to the 40-man roster for the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the top player in college football. Four players is the most of any school.
Built by Bama
Justin Thomas’s weekend at The Open Championship wasn’t after a Friday afternoon meltdown spurred by a 9 on the par-4 sixth that led to a 10-over 80 and a missed cut. He didn’t miss out on seeing this year’s Claret Jug, though.
— Teryn Schaefer (@TerynS_PGATOUR) July 23, 2017
In other golf news, Tom Lovelady finished tied for seventh at the Pinnacle Bank Championship on the Web.com tour, and Robby Shelton earned an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.
In Major League Baseball:
- Wade LeBlanc got shelled, giving up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning as the Pirates lost 13-3.
- David Robertson’s first weekend back as a Yankee saw mixed results. He pitched 1 perfect inning on Sunday to close out a 6-4 win and struck out 3 straight in a 5-1 win on Friday, but gave up this blast on Saturday.
— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2017
- Tommy Hunter pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in a 6-5 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Around the Capstone
Alabama athlete Jaimie Robertson won the silver medal in the triple jump at the U20 Pan-American Games.
— Alabama Track&Field (@AlabamaTrack) July 22, 2017
Beat the hell outta you
Former Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders won his UFC debut with a strong straight left to Rafael Natal’s jaw that earned a first-round knockout.
Eryk Anders, on short notice, just put himself on the map with a big KO over Rafael Natal! https://t.co/TkzFqCzgVf
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 22, 2017