Happy Monday, everybody. August is upon us, which implies that fall observe will start quickly.
As Roger talked about yesterday, Nate Oats and firm held an open scrimmage forward of their European tour, and everybody got here away impressed with freshman Brandon Miller.
That is a clean taking pictures stroke for a 6’8” wing, and he places the ball on the ground effectively too. Perhaps this group could make a run. Nick Saban has stated for years that yearly you could have a brand new group, and with the present switch local weather in faculty basketball, that has by no means rung extra true.
Christopher Walsh has a rundown on the ridiculous DB haul within the 2023 class.
Noting that 12 of Alabama’s 15 present commitments have come within the final two months, Sports Illustrated’s John Garcia Jr. dubbed the Crimson Tide the most well liked recruiting program within the SEC this summer time. It additionally did not harm that Alabama’s spectacular class contains the highest native product in Tuscaloosa Northridge offensive lineman Wilkin Formby, the highest worldwide offensive lineman with Olaus Alinen, and the No. 1 total junior faculty prospect in broad receiver Malik Benson.
Chase Goodbread notes that Alabama followers could quickly get extra worth from a season ticket.
Contracts for non-conference video games have loads of out clauses, after all, so that is no certainty. A pair weeks in the past I requested Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne whether or not a nine-game SEC slate plus two Power Five non-conference video games may co-exist on a UA schedule.
His 177-word response, boiled down to 2, was “we’ll see.”
Some years the house slate has been downright terrible. Adding three Power Five video games and taking the tasty cupcakes down to 1 per yr would make an enormous distinction.
“Having presents from each of these faculties, it is a fairly superior expertise to have,” Lockwood stated. “I’m very blessed to have the chance. I’m nonetheless dedicated to Ohio State, however to have Alabama attain out and supply me is an enormous deal and I’m not going to take that frivolously.
“I’m going to speak with my household and discuss all the things over and see how we’re feeling, however as of proper now, I’m nonetheless dedicated to Ohio State.”
Really liking the sound of that “as of proper now” piece.
The Pac 12 held its unhappy single day media occasion on Friday, and their commissioner is understandably unamused with all the realignment.
“I’ve been spending 4 weeks making an attempt to defend towards grenades which have been lobbed from each nook of the Big 12 making an attempt to destabilize our remaining convention,” Kliavkoff stated. “I perceive why they’re doing it, while you have a look at the media worth between the 2 conferences. I get it, I get why they’re scared.”
Kliavkoff initially made a plea for collegiality between commissioners, however finally his frustration shone by means of. Things could solely be getting worse as faculty soccer enters its most important second.
“It’s clear that UCLA and USC decided for short-term monetary acquire on the expense of their student-athletes,” Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff advised The Athletic pleased friday “It’s one hundred pc clear to me. It’s actually unlucky, and I believe they’re already regretting it, given the pushback that they’ve gotten from nearly each nook of their communities. I believe they may remorse it extra as time goes on.”
Finally, the Ferrari is getting another likelihood.
Free agent LB Reuben Foster, hoping to kick-start his comeback after restoration from a serious knee harm, has a exercise at the moment with the #Seahawks, the supply stated. Foster hasn’t performed since 2018, however the former #49ers and #Commanders LB has had a number of exercises. Another likelihood at the moment.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 31, 2022
Best of luck to him.
That’s about it for at the moment. Have an amazing week.