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Back to the grind

Alabama mascot Big Al waves the flag after a score against Georgia State during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Alabama mascot Big Al waves the flag after a score against Georgia State during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

I took some time off during spring break to recharge a little bit, since the Alabama football team took a break in spring practice. I’m exhausted and ready to get back to work.

The Crimson Tide gets back to work Monday. There will be other practice Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The last one is expected to be a closes scrimmage in the stadium.

Anyway, here are some notes from the week. It’s more about me getting caught up, but you may have missed them.

Former Alabama quarterback and 2010 BCS National Champion Greg McElroy retired from the NFL and then joined ESPN as a college football analyst for SEC Network, launching Aug. 14, 2014.

As a recent prolific player in the SEC, McElroy will offer first hand insight on players, coaches and the game. He has a multi-year agreement with ESPN.

“I am thrilled to be joining the ESPN family,” he said in a press release. “College football has always been one of my greatest passions, and I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to take part in the launch of the SEC Network. The SEC provided me with five of the best years of my life, and the fact I will be able to cover its 14 outstanding universities was extremely appealing and exciting.”

The Alabama gymnastics team will be the No. 1 seed at the Seattle Regional on April 5. The Tide needs a top-two finish to advance to the NCAA meet for the 32nd straight time.

For the second year in a row, the gymnastics team led the nation in overall attendance, drawing 106,643 fans during the course of 11 meets.

Alabama and Georgia were the only two programs  to draw more than 100,000 fans in 2014, with the Bulldogs tallying 103,745 in 12 meets.

Freshman Kristian Gkolomeev won the 50 freestyle on the first day of his first NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He won with a school record 18.95 in Austin, Texas Thursday night.

Gkolomeev, who joined the Crimson Tide in January for the spring semester, is Alabama’s first NCAA Champion since Vlad Polyakov won the 200 breaststroke in 2007. He is also the first NCAA Champion under second-year head coach Dennis Pursley.

The day in Tide sports

The baseball teams listens to the National Anthem. Photo by Courtney Gage

The baseball teams listens to the National Anthem.
Photo by Courtney Gage

Tuesday was a good day for Alabama sports.

The softball team beat Mississippi Valley State 12-0 at home and also returned to the national top-10 at No. 10, while the baseball team defeated Samford 12-1.

Diver Paige McCleary earned a berth in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after a third-place on the 3-meter board.

Gymnast Diandra Milliner was named the SEC Specialist of the Week after a 10.0 on the vault against Stanford.

The gymnastics team also remained ranked No. 4 after beating Stanford with a school-record score of 198.250.

The women’s basketball team will be part of the Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge next season Nov. 21-23 at Kansas, playing Kansas, Georgetown and Temple, and then Nov. 30 at Uncasville, Conn., against Quinnipiac.

Update on Mikhail Torrance situation

The Associated Press just updated its story on the hospitalization of former Tide point guard Mikhail Torrance. Instead of paraphrasing, here is the entire AP account:

Former Alabama standout point guard Mikhail Torrance collapsed after a workout in Bradenton, Fla. on Friday and is hospitalized in critical condition, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Torrance had been training at the IMG Academies when he lost consciousness, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the player’s family had not authorized the release of any information.

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BREAKING: Torrance collapses, rushed to hospital


The news is not pleasant out of Florida. AOL Fanhouse is reporting former Crimson Tide point guard Mikhail Torrance collapsed during a workout in Bradenton and was rushed to a local hospital.

The report cited family sources who said Torrance was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator.

Read that complete story here.

You can only hope this isn’t a result of the heart ailment he recently disclosed and likely kept him from being drafted in June. He joined the Heat summer league team, but never played.

Most recently, he signed a contract to play professionally in Israel.

Stay tuned for updates.

VIDEO: Linebackers, DBs at practice

I did a little experimenting with the new video editor feature on YouTube to condense some of the practice tapes posted on the blog. Let me know if you like it better this way.

First, here’s the linebackers working with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.

Next, Nick Saban works with mostly defensive backs.

Finally, here’s the result of some more toying around with video editing. I tried to line it up with the music as best as possible.

VIDEO: Offensive line pounding the sled

Check out this close up look at the Crimson Tide offensive line hitting the sleds at Thursday afternoon’s practice. Coming right into your living room is D.J. Fluker (76), Barrett Jones (75), William Vlachos (73), Chance Warmack (65), James Carpenter (77).

More video to come. Stay tuned for that.

— Your pal Michael

A few panoramic looks at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Here are a few panoramic pictures of Bryant-Denny Stadium straight from the trusty iPhone. Click to enlarge all of them. The last few 360 degree panoramics. Just click on each image and scroll to the right to get the full effect.

Finally, here are a few more looks at Fan Day.

Fan Day 2010