Crimson Tide Roll Call: May 14, 2019

Courtesy of Alabama Athletics

Christopher Walsh

Today is …

National Dance Like a Chicken Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Golf: Alabama at NCAA Athens Regional, all day

• Baseball: Samford at Alabama, 6 p.m., CT

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Golf: Alabama at NCAA Athens Regional, all day, Live Results

• Baseball: Samford at Alabama, 6 p.m., SEC Network+, Live Video, Live Audio, Live Stats

Yesterday’s Crimson Tide results

• The No. 28 Alabama men’s golf team finished the opening round at the 2019 NCAA Athens Regional in 12th place overall after carding an 18-over par 302. The Crimson Tide will enter the second round 10 strokes back of the fifth-place cut line to reach the national championships. Freshman Frankie Capan III led Alabama with a 1-over par 72 on the par 71, 7,253-yard University of Georgia Golf Course, putting him in a tie for 12th. “We started with the energy that’s needed and a game plan to be successful, but unfortunately we just weren’t,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “Golf is a very hard game. We have our own issues that we just have not been able to overcome and just couldn’t get that fourth score today. We certainly put ourselves behind the eight-ball. These are the moments that we will see how we respond. It feels pretty low at this moment to be honest with you, but sometime between now and tomorrow we need to regroup and play to a high standard. There’s 36 more holes to play and we are good enough to overcome this."

Countdown to the Crimson Tide’s 2019 opener

109 days

Did you notice?

• Patrick Murphy didn’t hold back his frustration on the SEC Network about the softball team being seeded No. 8 in the NCAA Tournament.

• Justin Thomas has withdrawn from the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday,

• It’s also bad news for Phillies reliever David Robertson:

• Defensive lineman Damion Square has re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers:

• Three Alabama softball players were selected to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District softball team, including senior Reagan Dykes, junior Bailey Hemphill and sophomore Kaylee Tow.

• With John Beilein’s decision to leave Michigan for Cleveland Cavaliers, new Alabama coach Nate Oats was quick to squash speculation that he might be in line to take over the Wolverines.“I firmly believe in God’s hand in guiding our lives,” Oats told TideSports. “If I was meant to be at Michigan, the job would have come open two months ago. So I believe there is a reason why I am at Alabama.Michigan is a great job and they will get a great coach. But there is no reason that Alabama cannot be a great job. That’s what I want to build. It makes sense that there would be speculation because I coached in that state for 11 years (as a high school coach in the Detroit area) but I am meant to be here (at Alabama).”

• ... Oats also told the Jox Roundtable that he expects the 2019-20 team, with all of the talent it has on the roster, to make the NCAA Tournament.

• Alabama gymnastics named its new team captain:

• Finally, in case you didn’t know …

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

May 14, 1961: While discussing the recently-completed spring football drills, Coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant cited a couple of young'uns who had a chance to do something. Bryant said 185-pound junior guard Jimmy Wilson was "the brightest spot of the spring" and sophomore end Jimmy Dill "was sensational at times." When asked about some of the seniors, Bryant said, "They are supposed to do well."

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

"I don't hire anybody not brighter than I am. If they're not smarter than me, I don't need them." – Paul W. “Bear” Bryant