Football to lead phased return of UA athletes

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The University of Alabama athletics department now knows which direction it is headed in terms of a return of sports competition in the fall, but several specifics remain to be answered along the journey. UA, and the rest of the...

DeZoort makes most of opportunity created in canceled season

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Before Jay Seawell coached Jake DeZoort on the University of Alabama men’s golf team, Seawell coached him and Seawell’s son Jackson on a basketball team for 8-year-olds. When the Seawells first moved to Tuscaloosa in 2002, they moved into...

Goodman chose UA return over starting her career

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Most of Patrick Murphy’s meetings in March and April lacked suspense. When the University of Alabama’s softball coach approached his seven seniors with the NCAA’s extra season of eligibility granted after the 2020 season was canceled, most of them had...

CECIL HURT: The risk and reward of bringing athletes back to campus

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At some point this week, the decision-makers of the Southeastern Conference, the presidents and athletics directors of the 14 campuses, will get together on Zoom and vote on whether to bring student-athletes in fall sports back to campus. At that...

Season away no hurdle for Mack

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Alexis Mack’s penultimate hit of the 2020 season was a bases-loaded triple, quite the oddity for a speedy slapper. Those three runs put Arkansas away for good in an 8-1 win that clinched the series. As Mack saw it, that...

Clark solidifies future, yearns for more softball

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If it’s possible to have closure on a sport before the end of a season, Taylor Clark came close to it on Feb. 22. It was Clark’s senior day, when over a dozen family members made the 800-mile trek from...

Hemphill eager for another senior season

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Bailey Hemphill hasn’t played softball in two months, yet softball remains on the forefront of her mind — despite best attempts at distractions from her home in Lafayette, Louisiana. “I have not found a new hobby,” Hemphill said. “My parents...

Jenkins rehabs from home, awaits proper senior sendoff

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University of Alabama softball assistant coach Alyson Habetz was by Claire Jenkins’ side as she went from doctor to doctor on the October day when she injured her ACL. If their conversations reflected what was hurting Jenkins the most,...

Elissa Brown gets second chance at full senior season

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The word from Patrick Murphy was all Elissa Brown needed. Alabama softball’s senior outfielder remembers the final meeting her head coach had with the seniors, in the days after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 season. Murphy told them all...

Easy decision for Cornell to return to UA

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At the peak, Sarah Cornell was getting phone calls multiple times per hour. The week the COVID-19 pandemic stopped sporting events in America, Sarah Cornell was coordinating with coaches and family members for her upcoming Senior Day, which would have...
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