I hope you’re enjoying your last Saturday free from college football for the rest of the year. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you enjoy the sleepy Saturday evening including very good news on the Mikhail Torrance story.
- Check out tomorrow’s print edition for a different kind of look at the secretive world of college football as it relates to Alabama (and a little to Auburn). I’m not revealing too much now, just read more in the morning.
- In case you missed the game televised live on ESPN, Crimson Tide commitment Phillip Ely quarterbacked his Plant (Fla.) High School to a 48-10 loss to Manatee on Friday night. Ely’s night was spoiled even further when he injured his ankle in the second quarter. He returned to the game, but it was already over by then. He went 7-for-20 with 157 yards. Read more here.
- Another member of the committed class of 2011, Russellville’s Brent Calloway had a much better evening. He ran for a career-high 210 rushing yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns in a Week 1 win over Deshler, 34-14. Read more in the TimesDaily.
- Mikhail Torrance’s agent just sent out the following tweet: “Great news on Mikhail Torrance. He walked today! He had assistance, but he followed commands! He knows his right from his left, and he is recognize some things. This is great news and everyone is excited. We hope that he will be able to follow some commands soon!”
- Check out Happy Walters’ twitter account for more Torrance updates.
Relatively speaking, this is one of the most pleasant August afternoons I can recall. So, to celebrate, here are a few updates on stories that have been in the news recently.
- AOL Fanhouse is reporting Mikhail Torrance is breathing on his own now. The site that’s been on top of this one from the very beginning is saying Torrance suffered a heart attack Friday in Florida. Read the rest of their report here.
- Dot Davidson made headlines nationally when her campaign doctored a photo involving Nick Saban. Apparently, the false endorsement didn’t do the trick. She did not make the runoff in the Bessemer mayor election after yesterday’s balloting. She got just 13 percent of the vote.
- Speaking of Saban, how many college football coaches have a profile on Internet Movie Database? That’s IMDB for those in the know.
- Two former Alabama basketball walk-ons are doing well at the University of New Orleans, according to Sports Illustrated.
The agent for former Alabama basketball player Mikhail Torrance took to his Twitter account again Sunday night with updates on his condition.
Here are the three “tweets” just sent by Happy Walters:
Mikhail Torrance update: Doctors have lowered mikhail’s body temp to normal. Waiting for him to wake up. Family is talking to him.
Not yet responding to commands, but there is some movement in arms and legs. We hope he will wake up so doctors can assess brain function.
At this point – this is the most important thing. Will try to keep every1 updated 2morro as well…
The news of Mikhail Torrance’s sudden collapse and hospitalization is not just news in Alabama and the United States. A proud professional team in Israel is also following the updates with heavy hearts.
Torrance had just signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv and was working out in Florida before heading there when the still unidentified medical problem cropped up.
Check out this (translated) story from the Ma’ariv Sports Newspaper in Israel. Thankfully Google can turn Hebrew into English although there are a few rough edges.
Torrance’s contract with the team was dependent on passing a physical upon arrival in the Middle East, but the team isn’t bailing on him.
AOL Fanhouse, the first to report on this story, had this update posted on its website this afternoon.
Stay tuned for more on this.
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.
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.