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.