Crimson Tide Roll Call: September 7, 2019

Christopher Walsh

Today is … National Tailgating Day

Today’s Crimson Tide schedule

• Men’s golf at Carpet Capital Collegiate, Dalton, Ga., all day

• Cross country at Falcon Classic, Montevallo

• Volleyball at WVU Invitational: vs. North Carolina State. 1 p.m., CT

• Football: New Mexico State at Alabama, 3 p.m.

How to watch, keep up with the Crimson Tide

• Volleyball at WVU Invitational: vs. North Carolina State, 1 p.m., Live Stats

• Football: New Mexico State at Alabama, 3 p.m., SEC Network, Live Audio, Live Stats

Crimson Tide results

• Volleyball at WVU Invitational: def. Navy 25-21, 25-22, 25-13; lost to VCU 25-17, 18-25, 18-25, 25-17, 12-15

Did you notice?

• The Alabama (4-1) volleyball team took its first loss of the season, a 5-set match at VCU after falling behind 2-1. Freshman Alyiah Wells led all players with 16 kills and had four blocks. Senior Ginger Perinar was also in double figures with 12, her highest total of the season. Junior Meghan Neelon and sophomore Mylana Byrd cominbed for 51 of the team’s 53 assists. “Tonight, we struggled with our consistency,” Coach Lindsey Devine said in a release. Earlier Friday the Crimson Tide swept Navy. Graduate student Brooke Kuhlman led all players with 11 kills while Byrd had 24 assists and four blocks, three solo.

• The No. 21-ranked men’s golf team finished the opening round at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in sixth overall after carding a team score of 8-over par 296.The Crimson Tide will enter the second round just six shots back of second place and 12 shots behind clubhouse leader No. 3 Georgia Tech (284). Junior Wilson Furr shot an even par 72, tied for seventh overall.

• Seniors Robert Dunning and Shelby McEwen along with Crimson Tide alums Kord Ferguson and Quanesha Burks will compete in the first track and field dual meet between the United States and Europe, Sept. 9-10, at the Dinamo National Olympic Stadium in Minsk, Belarus. The meet will feature 139 athletes, including 28 Olympians, eight Olympic medalists and 11 world championship medalists.

• Speaking of Burks …

• The Alabama athletics department announced it raised over $106 million during the 2019 fiscal year between pledges and gifts to the Crimson Tide Foundation and donations to Tide Pride, allowing Phase I of the Crimson Standard plan to upgrade facilities to move forward. Nearly $270 million of the $600 million needed for the 10-year capital initiative has been committed. Construction is slated to begin this month at Rhoads Stadium, while renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium will start at the conclusion of the 2019 football season. The Alabama Board of Trustees approved an updated budget revision on Friday.

• Former Crimson Tide basketball player Levi Randolph was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

• We’ll leave you with this …

On this date in Crimson Tide history:

September 7, 1920: Coach Xen Scott welcomed back his Alabama Thin Red Line squad for the 1920 season. Alabama was expected to have one of the quickest teams in the South, although the head coach admitted it would be one of his smallest squads. Alabama averaged 171 pounds per man but tackle T.L. "Big Red" Brown, was considered one of the largest men in the nation at 215. Backs Talty O'Connor, Riggs Stephenson, and Mulley Lenoir were though to be three of the fastest. – Bryant Museum

Crimson Tide quote of the day:

“I always want my players to show class. Knock’em down, pat’em on the back and run back to the huddle.” – Paul W. “Bear” Bryant