What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on in Tuscaloosa?
Alabama is negotiating to schedule a home-and-home football series with Notre Dame, The Tuscaloosa News has learned. Alabama is also working on a home-and-home deal with Texas.
The Crimson Tide last participated in an out-of-conference home-and-home series in 2010-11 against Penn State, hosting the Nittany Lions in 2010 and traveling to State College, Pa., in 2011.
UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne would not confirm the schools are in talks, but did say the athletic department is pursuing future two-game deals that would have Alabama play a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium and also play on the opposing school’s campus.
Before you ask, yes, Saban appears to be on board with the general concept.
Last September, Saban confirmed on his radio show he and Byrne had discussed scheduling future home-and-home series.
“I would like to do that,” he said. “We played Penn State home and home when I was here and it was a good game here, it was a good game there, great crowd and all that. It’s better for our fans if we play at home, I get that.”
This, from the people who have developed the neutral site opener into a science.
It’s nice that Nick gives lip service to what the fans want, aight, (and in his defense, he’s long been in favor of adding a ninth conference game in part because of the fans) but I’m thinking there has to be an ulterior motive here. I just can’t figure out what it is. Any suggestions?
Georgia freshman defensive back Divaad Wilson announced he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday’s practice.
Wilson made the announcement on his personal Twitter page. This injury will effectively rule him out for the 2018 season…
Smart said Wilson offers great size for the star position, which is where he was working at quite a bit through the first week of spring practice. Smart said the coaching staff liked what it saw after identifying him during the recruiting process.
“We’d watched him play. We had him in for camp over the summer and thought a lot of him,” Smart said. “The biggest thing is he’s 190-195 pounds. He’s that (Maurice) Smith, that Aaron Davis, that star type body. He was picking things up well.”
… Wilson was someone Smart had been excited about through the early going of spring practice.
“That’s disheartening because he had three really good practices,” Smart said. “I was really fired up about him.”
That makes three members of the 2018 class who have to rehab ACL injuries. (Two occurred before the kids arrived in Athens.) I hope this doesn’t mean that we’re witnessing some sort of regression to the mean with Georgia’s injury luck from last season. In any case, this is just another reason you have to recruit like a sumbitch to build enough depth to overcome stuff like this.
This is legal under NCAA rules (and, nothing wrong with it). Other money going to a recruit or recruit’s family (and, nothing wrong with that, either) can be a federal crime. All because of arbitrary lines drawn by NCAA rules. Makes you think. https://t.co/HEY3026fSd
The former Bulldog and NFL safety is serving as an intern this spring, but his role on staff could change.
“There’s a possibility he would be, we hope for him to be a G.A. (graduate assistant) whenever the time’s right,” coach Kirby Smart said Saturday. “Right now, he’s just an intern and he’s in invaluable resource for these kids because he’s a kid that pushed through graduated from the University of Georgia, came from down in South Georgia where a lot of our kids come from.”
He’s got a few examples to share with the class, no doubt.