Crimson Tide Roll Call: July 20, 2019

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Moon Day

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

42 days

Did you notice?

• Has anyone seen Quinnen Williams?

• How about Joe Namath? He was on “The Late Show” promoting his latest book.

• A day after playing the best round of his professional career, former Alabama golfer Dru Love withdrew from the inaugural HFX Pro-Am on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. On Thursday, he shot an opening-round 60 to top the course record by two strokes at the Oakfield Golf and Country Club in Halifax. The round included eight birdies and two eagles, and matched the best career score of his father, Davis Love III. He had a 71 in the second round. No reason was given for his pulling out of the tournament.

• Former Arkansas offensive lineman Mitch Petrus died of heatstroke in Arkansas. He was 32. He’s best known to Alabama fans for the hit that blew out Dont’a Hightower’s knee in 2009.

• Former Crimson Tide baseball player Brock Bennett has joined the Georgia staff as a volunteer coach. He replaced former Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard.

• Philadelphia Phillies reliever Tommy Hunter (forearm) will visit Dr. James Andrews to be evaluated on Monday.

• Yes, this Crimson Tide commitment is probably going to be be pretty good:

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

July 20, 1982: Hollywood producer Larry Spangler announced plans for a movie based on the life of Coach Paul “Bear“ Bryant. Early reports indicated Burt Reynolds might play the young Bryant while either George C. Scott or Burt Lancaster could be cast as the elder Bryant. The family hoped for John Wayne. Instead, Gary Busey ended up starring in “The Bear.”

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“Nick is the best coach in college football because of the accomplishments he's had. He's done an outstanding job running his program from a scheme standpoint, from a recruiting standpoint, from a development standpoint. You name it, he does an outstanding job.” – Will Muschamp