Crimson Tide Roll Call: June 15, 2019
Today is …
National Smile Power Day
Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener
Did you notice?
• Director of Athletics Greg Byrne told Tide 102.9’s “Inside the Locker Room” morning show that "The money from Phase One in the Crimson Standard and the improvements to Bryant-Denny Stadium are going to help us get the revenue to pay for all the other things that we want to do." However, he added that the proposed renovations for Coleman Coliseum, "is all fundraising dependent. … I think the best case scenario is probably three to four years away from getting the shovel on the ground on that.”
• Montana Fouts pitched for the under-19 USA Team. Skylar Wallace was at second base and Alabama commit Bailey Dowling at shortstop.
• The Alabama swimming and diving program made another big splash with the announcement of Rio Ramirez as the new diving coach. A five-time conference coach of the year, Ramirez joins the Crimson Tide following seven seasons as FIU's diving coach, where he mentored Olympians, All-Americans, conference divers of the year and conference champions.“We’re excited to have Rio on board to lead our diving contingent,” coach Coley Stickels said in a release. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience both as a coach and as a championship diver in his own right. I have no doubt that he will add to Alabama’s amazing legacy of diving excellence.” Stickles also announced the addition of Saint John's University head coach Reed Fujan as an assistant coach. A 2017 graduate of Notre Dame, Fujan served as a volunteer assistant at Indiana while Stickels was the Hoosiers’ associate head coach.
• Alabama volleyball announced its 2019 schedule. The inaugural season under new head coach Lindsey Devine will feature a home exhibition match against South Alabama on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. The team won’t play again at Foster Auditorium until mid-September.
• AL.com reported that baseball player Gene Wood entered the NCAA transfer portal.
• Demouy Kennedy, the 4-star linebacker who recently committed to Alabama, described Nick Saban’s sales pitch on WNSP 105.5 FM. The former Auburn commit said Saban showed him a table with a bunch of Crimson Tide championship rings, and another with nothing on it, and asked him which he’d rather gamble on.
On this date in Crimson Tide history:
June 15, 1892: Wallace Wade, who won three national championships as Alabama’s head coach from 1923-30, was born in Trenton, Tenn.
Crimson Tide quote of the day:
"You go by that and they'll have to fire us all." — Auburn coach Shug Jordan on learning that LSU coach Charlie McLendon had been fired for not being able to defeat Paul W. “Bear” Bryant.