Crimson Tide Roll Call: August 9, 2019

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Book Lovers Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

22 days

Did you notice?

• Here’s the behind-the-scenes part of Mike Tyson’s visit with Crimson Tide:

• The Alabama women's basketball team wrapped up the playing part of its Canadian Tour by topping 100 points for the third consecutive game while defeating the University of Victoria, 111-62, late Wednesday night. Led by junior Jasmine Walker with 18 points and nine rebounds the Crimson Tide had six players finish in double figures. The game was played at Oak Bay High School Gymnasium in Victoria.

• Meanwhile, in South America:

• Per the Baltimore Sun, former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has hired former head coach Ron Zook to be a senior analyst at Maryland, to work with the defense and special teams.

• Mack Wilson posted why he’s wearing No. 51 for the Cleveland Browns:

  • Speaking of Wilson (who later had another interception)…

• … and speaking of pick-six touchdowns.

• Former Crimson Tide golfer Robby Shelton tied the tournament record at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, firing a 61 to take a two-shot lead in the Tour event.

• Congratulations to Tommy Ford on his retirement:

• We’ll leave you with this from Alabama’s Kenzie Wright at the U.S. Amateur:

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

August 9, 1999: Former Alabama player Riley Smith died in Mobile, Ala. Smith was the second player selected in the inaugural NFL draft in 1936, and the first drafted player to play in the league as Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger turned it down after being the first pick. Despite being an All-American quarterback he won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the Southeastern Conference’s best blocker. He was 88.

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“I think discipline is a mindset that’s part of who you are. It’s how you live your life. It’s what you do everything you do, whether it’s how you focus in a meeting, how you get ready to practice and how you sustain practice and make the right choices and decisions. It goes back to, what are you willing to accept? It’s not what you say, it’s not even what you do sometimes. It’s what you’re willing to accept from yourself and what you’re willing to accept from your teammates. It’s great to have high expectations. We’ve always had a relentless pursuit of excellence around here in terms of what we try to accomplish and what we try to do. But if you don’t do things right all the time at a high standard, you watch someone else celebrate.” — Nick Saban