Crimson Tide Roll Call: June 8, 2019

Courtesy Alabama Athletics

Christopher Walsh

An abbreviated edition of the Roll Call will appear this week. Today is …

National Upsy Daisy Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, at Austin, Texas

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, at Austin, Texas, ESPN3, Live updates

Crimson Tide results

• After scoring 25 points over the two days of competition, the Alabama men’s track and field team finished 10th, and posted its third top-10 NCAA Outdoor Championships showing in a row — a program first. Senior Gilbert Kigen led the way for the Tide, taking second in the 10,000 meters on Wednesday before snagging a crucial fourth-place finish in the 5,000 meters, the championships’ next-to-last event. “I’m super proud of the way the guys went out there tonight and scrapped for every point,” Alabama coach Dan Waters said in a release. “They did what they had to do finish in the top-10 and keep our streak going."

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

85 days

Did you notice?

• Walt Gary, the popular fan who gave Nick Saban a score prediction every week before the coach went to his radio show, passed away Thursday night. He was 36.

• Alabama gymnast Bailie Key announced that she’s retiring from the sport. She didn’t compete this past season following back surgery in December. “After much reflection, I knew in my heart that it was time to bring my gymnastics career to a close,” Key said. “When I think of my current and future self, I have no doubt this is the right decision for me. I am so grateful to my Bama coaches, especially Dana (Duckworth) for their love, patience and understanding throughout my collegiate career. I am blessed to have the opportunity to finish my nursing degree at this university that I love and will be forever thankful for the amazing support of my teammates and I can’t wait to be their biggest cheerleader.”

• From earlier this week, the SEC is reportedly considering whether to launch a Twitter account focused on adding context to officiating calls. “We’ve got to do something differently,” Herb Vincent, an associate commissioner helping spearhead this movement told “We can’t keep doing what we’ve always done.”The league is also in discussions about the possibility to add officials to broadcast booths to provide real-time explanations and analysis of referees’ decisions. According to Awful Announcing, the addition of a rules expert in the booth would be a welcome change in the eyes of league athletic directors and coaches, including Nick Saban. “If we could find the right person to do that, an expert who nobody thought had bias, who could explain these things while they happen, I think it would go a long way in at least starting the chain of communication.” Said LSU athletic director Scott Woodward: “Some of our commentators blow it the worst.”

The Green Bay Packers announced they will hold a weekend of activities surrounding their home opener, wear a No. 15 decal on their helmets during the 2019 NFL season and make a $250,000 charitable donation in remembrance of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. Meanwhile, “Celebrating the Legacy of Bart Starr,” will take place Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Samford University Wright Center.

• Alabama volleyball announced the addition of eight names to the Crimson Tide's 2019 roster, including seven freshmen and one graduate transfer: Alexa Bertsch, Eva Borrowdale (she’s the graduate transfer from England), Jamie Brown, Taylor Drapp, Peyton Garrison, Emily Janek, Katie Shook and Alyiah Wells.

• Dont'a Hightower shows off his Super Bowl LIII ring:

• Alabama men’s tennis assistant coach Rob Weiss was hired by Clemson as its new head coach.

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

June 8, 1960: Former Alabama star Hootie Ingram, an assistant coach at Wake Forest and en route to Tallahassee for a coaching clinic at Florida State, stopped in Tuscaloosa to visit family and friends. When asked if he liked college coaching, Ingram replied, "Yes, but recruiting is a humbling experience." Ingram noted how he was sent to Pennsylvania and New Jersey on a recruiting trip. "I'd never been there before and it was my first time on a turnpike. I didn't know when to get off, so I just drove to where it ended, turned back around and headed South." — Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"There ought to be a special place in heaven for coaches' wives."— Paul W. “Bear” Bryant