It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
(I promise that is not a link to the Christmas song).
The Alabama basketball teams held their media day Tuesday, just nine days out from a season-opening doubleheader on Nov. 3.
Coach Kristy Curry and junior forwards Ashley Williams and Quanteria Bolton led the day, previewing what could be a pivotal season. Curry, now in her fourth season at Alabama, is fresh off leading the Crimson Tide to its first postseason tournament since 2011. This year, she’ll lead her team back into Coleman Coliseum on a permanent basis, joining the men’s team in the 15,000-seat arena. Curry’s hiring was widely praised when she first arrived as an investment in a long-neglected women’s basketball team. Returning to Coleman Coliseum is a leap forward for the team and a high standard that the coaches and administrators expect to pay off in recruiting. It’s evocative of the early days of the now-powerhouse Alabama gymnastics program, which also moved from Foster Auditorium to an increasingly full Coleman Coliseum.
— Mo Williams (@mowilliams) October 25, 2016
- In the spirit of Halloween, Cecil Hurt on SEC teams as Halloween monsters.
- Mack Wilson will face no retroactive punishment from the SEC for his big hit on Saturday.
- NFL scouts are comparing Jonathan Allen to Ndamukong Suh, from AL.com’s Matt Zenitz.
- Speaking of Allen, he was named the Nagurski defender of the week and the Lott IMPACT trophy player of the week.
- PHOTOS: Jalen Hurts and O.J. Howard were especially popular at the Alabama student-athletes’ annual Halloween Extravaganza.
- Nick Saban said Jonathan Allen would make a ‘great candidate for Heisman.’ Related: Jonathan Allen will not win the Heisman.
- Marq Burnett has a practice report, mostly focused on the secondary and options to replace Eddie Jackson.
- BamaOnline’s Travis Reier analyzes Alabama’s Tuesday practice, including safety play.
- Statistics give Eddie Jackson credit for nearly three touchdowns worth of points contributed this season.
- Saban detailed how Blake Sims made a return to practice to help the defense prepare for Trevor Knight.
- SEC Country’s Oliver Connolly has a fascinating film study of the Alabama pass rush, wondering if there’s any way to slow it down. My guess is no.
- Bleacher Report’s Chris Walsh takes an open week look at Alabama’s now-famous — and lucrative — sideline medical tent.
- His teammate, Barrett Sallee, ponders the possibility of two SEC playoff teams and LSU’s chances in two weeks.
- And finally, from Dennis Dodd at CBSSports, making the case for Nick Saban’s best defense ever.
Saban in full
Around the Capstone
- Softball released its full schedule, highlighted by home stands against LSU and Auburn, per The Tuscaloosa News’ Tommy Deas.
- Blurring revenue-producing lines, Avery Johnson said Lane Kiffin is the best shooter of the Alabama coaches, because, of course, he is.
- Twenty-two Alabama athletes are set to compete at the SEC Cross-Country Championships this Friday.
Open week, open hearts
I’d like to take a moment to plug two Alabama-related charities. The first comes from former Alabama, current 21st-ranked PGA golfer Justin Thomas.
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) October 11, 2016
I’m a Gulf Coast native, so I’ve lived with hurricanes my whole life. It’s impossible to overstate to breadth of damage a large storm can do. I know dozens of people who have nearly lost it all during storms like Matthew, and every contribution to help those people makes a difference.
The other is an annual tradition at this point to alleviate hunger in West Alabama.
— Winston Brown (@Winston4192) October 18, 2016
Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger supports the Food Bank of West Alabama, which supplies food to at-risk families, alleviating hunger in one of the poorest regions in the country. Food banks like this are perpetually stretched thin, and hunger doesn’t wait for a Publix employee to drop a box a little too hard. You can bring food to any of those sporting events, or donate online here.MM