Crimson Tide Roll Call: April 20, 2019

Courtesy of Alabama Athletics

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Auctioneers Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Outdoor track & field: Alabama at War Eagle Invitational (Auburn), and Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa, Calif.), all day

• Rowing: Alabama at Clemson Invitational, all day

• Softball: Alabama at Florida, 1 p.m.

• Baseball: Vanderbilt at Alabama, 8 p.m.

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Outdoor track & field: Alabama at War Eagle Invitational (Auburn), and Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa, Calif.), all day

• Rowing: Alabama at Clemson Invitational, all day

• Softball: Alabama at Florida, 1 p.m., WatchESPN, Live Audio, Live Stats

• Baseball: Vanderbilt at Alabama, 8 p.m., SEC Network, Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• Women’s golf: SEC Championships at Birmingham, all day

• Alabama Track and field’s Esther Gitahi smashed the school record in the 5,000 meters at the Bryan Clay Invitational in California. The junior became the first woman in Crimson Tide history to beat 16 minutes with a career-best 15:58.72. She topped the previous record by Elspeth Turner in 1987 by 12-plus seconds.

• Senior gymnast Abby Armbrecht closed out her career by scoring 9.9125 on the floor exercise at the NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. By placing seventh she earned All-American honors in the event.

• Softball: Alabama swept a doubleheader at Florida, 3-1 and 6-1.

• Baseball: Vanderbilt 7, Alabama 4

• Junior Jiwon Jeon finished tied for fifth, but the women’s golf team finished in 11that the SEC Golf Championships and didn’t advance to the match-play quarterfinals at Greystone Golf and Country Club. The Crimson Tide missed the cut by six strokes.“We had a golden opportunity after nine holes today with a five-shot advantage on the ninth-place team,” coach Mic Potter said in a release. “Right now, we are just trying to figure out what happened at the turn. We need to see what happened mindset wise and correct it.” The NCAA Women’s Golf selection show will air Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT on GolfChannel.

• The No. 21 men’s tennis team lost 4-1 to No. 3 Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Championships.

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener:

133 days

Did you notice?

• One day after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix complained about Alabama not sending him his degree due to owing the school $1, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the safety paid $1.425 million for his new lakefront home.

• Former Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne is going back to his familiar No. 94

• Meanwhile, Mark Barron is the only player on the Steelers roster without an assigned number.

• Ric Serritella’s draft primer series on takes a look at the top offensive linemen including Jonah Williams.

• Donta Hall is turning some heads at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for scouts.

• Both JaMychal Green and Kevin Durant had their technical fouls from Thursday rescinded.

• The NCAA Division I Council announced some rule changes, including incoming freshman who have enrolled in summer school and received athletics financial aid can transfer and play immediately without a waiver if their head coach departs before the first day of classes for the fall term. However, rejected was a football and basketball proposal that would have required schools to count financial aid for some postgraduate transfers against team limits for two years, regardless of whether the student remained enrolled after exhausting athletics eligibility, and it defeated a proposal to add an additional countable assistant coach in baseball and softball.

• Former Crimson Tide golfer Bobby Shelton has a substantial lead at the Tour RTJ Golf Trail Championship at Prattville. At -12, he’s five strokes ahead of the field.

• Not to give Nick Saban any ideas, but …

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

April 20, 1985: Some 125 former players returned to Tuscaloosa to dress out and play the varsity in the annual Red-White game. The youngsters won 20-7 but the 30,000 in attendance were entertained by the stars of the past. Robin Parkhouse, the 1971 defensive captain, said he wished there had been one more quarter to play, a sentiment not expressed by many others on the losing side. A 52-yard pass from Scott Hunter to Tyrone King, a defensive back during his 1973-75 playing days, set up a 1-yard sneak by Hunter for the veterans' lone score. The veterans' team ranged in age from 23-67. — Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"I'm going to continue to do this for as long as I feel like I can make a positive contribution and as long as I feel healthy enough to do it. And, you know, our noontime basketball team was undefeated again this year, so that's always an indicator to me that I can make it through another season."—Nick Saban at 2018 SEC Media Days on someday joining Steve Spurrier as the SEC’s only coaches at age 70. Incidentally, today is Spurrier’s birthday. He’s 74.