Impact of Epic Weekend For Alabama Could be Felt for Years: All Things CW

Impact of Epic Weekend For Alabama Could be Felt for Years: All Things CW

Christopher Walsh will be publishing five columns this week in the All Things CW Notes column. One each day. This is …

Take 1

If you think your Thanksgiving weekend was hectic, take a moment and think about what Alabama Crimson Tide athletic director Greg Byrne did.

On Thursday when most people were celebrating Thanksgiving, Greg Byrne was in Portland, Ore. to attend the men’s basketball match against No. 12 Michigan State.

On Friday, he was in Tuscaloosa to witness the college soccer team win the College Cup for the first-time, beating Duke 3-2 in overtime.

Saturday was his return to Tuscaloosa to see the college soccer team win the Iron Bowl. This game may have been the last for quarterback Bryce Young and linebacker Will Anderson Jr. Byrne. This game attracted many prominent alumni who needed individual attention.

Remember that a major part of his job involves raising money for the athletic department. He’s very involved in that regard.

To top it all, the basketball team beat then No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday, while everyone else was in recovery mode. I’m guessing that everyone slept well on the flight home after the victory in four overtime.

You might have missed Byrne tweeting during the game. He was probably a little mad for not being there.

The point is that even though football didn’t make it to the College Football Playoff, it was a great weekend for the Crimson Tide. This kind of weekend can have long-term impacts.

Alabama’s athletics have evolved to the point where fans often feel that football season is over. What’s next?”

This is the last year that everyone will have to wait. This year, soccer will be playing in the semifinals at the NCAA Tournament. There’s no doubt that this team is very good and should be considered for the title of the Southeastern Conference.

In case you missed it Monday, the most recent ranking had Alabama and Arkansas tied for No. 11 in the AP Top 25, Tennessee at No. 13, Auburn at No. 15, and preseason favorite Kentucky at No. 19. This will make for a great season.

And if beating outgoing No.

Alabama will visit Houston, the new No. 1, Houston, on Dec. 10 (assuming the Cougars don’t lose to St. Mary’s or North Florida this upcoming week).

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Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide hosts South Dakota State on Saturday in what should be a rocking Coleman Coliseum.

But there are three things that add to the optimism:

1) Unfortunately, the team was not at its full strength for the Phil Knight Invitational.

2 Many of the new players are still learning how to play at this level and with one another. Many of the transfers are also affected by this.

3) Javon Quinerly, point guard, is just getting over a knee injury. He is still trying to regain his legs.

“For Quinerly not being cleared to play a couple of weeks ago and come in and play 44 minutes, I didn’t think it was one of his best shooting performances for sure, but he still ends up with 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists, I think that is still a good stat line for a guy that was not cleared to play two weeks ago,” head coach Nate Oats said after the UNC victory.

Buckle Up was the mantra of the previous basketball administration. But everyone should do the same with this group. Everyone, except Byrne.

The more the basketball team wins the more excitement there is about the program and the more money he can raise for the Crimson Standard or the new area.

Don’t forget that there are still other facility projects, including another upgrade to Bryant-Denny Stadium. We are still in phase two of this massive initiative.

He is going to be busy.

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