Alabama football: Dr. Matt Rhea heading to the NFL
Happy Tuesday everyone. Not much happening today, but we found out that Matt Rhea was leaving for New Orleans.
Ballou, on the other hand, appears to be staying in Tuscaloosa after New Orleans also showed interest in him, sources told BamaOnLine. Pate also reported Monday that Ballou is expected to stay at UA. Ballou simply tweeted #RollTide a week ago, presumably indicating his intentions.
It’s no surprise that Rhea takes the plunge. He has a doctorate, has reached the pinnacle of college success, and based on his social media posts, he has the ego to match. Working with professional athletes was probably one of his dreams, and it’s a good thing for him to have achieved it.
It’s interesting that Ballou and Rhea are breaking up after working together for several years. Ballou is obviously the practical strength guy, so Rhea will only need to be replaced if Byrne and Saban feel that a sports science guy is needed now that the center is up and running.
Nate Oats also loses his S&C coach.
“He and his wife are waiting now,” Oats said Monday night on his weekly radio show at Baumhower’s Victory Grille. “They are going back to his hometown. He got a job in his hometown, and she’s an hour away. They will have their first child. It’s a job that he can spend a little more time at home. It makes sense.
Congratulations on the little one, Mike.
Emmanuel Henderson arrives with tons of athleticism but an undefined position.
While Henderson builds his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame to a Division I standard, his speed should still be effective on special teams or on plays that stretch a defense. In the long run, however, Striplin thinks it can be an equally complete back. Whether that happens in Alabama remains to be seen.
“I asked him many times, ‘What do you want to play?’ And he just says he’ll play wherever you need me,” Saban said last December. “I think the guy has a special athletic ability, could probably be a receiver, could probably be a running back. Where he fits best, we’ll probably be able to understand better once he’s here and we start working with him.
Henderson is built and plays just like the Kenyan Drake. Versatile backs like that cause all sorts of headaches for defenses.
Drake cemented his legacy with the kickoff return against Clemson. Only weird bones kept him from posting jaw-dropping stats in college. Hopefully Henderson gets the opportunity to do what the Kenyan could have done.
Finally, if you’ve been following MLB negotiations, today is an important day.
There will be no agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement at this early hour, sources have told ESPN. Enough progress has been made that MLB and MLBPA meet again later in the day in hopes of finalizing one. The deadline for missing regular season games has been moved to 5 p.m. today.
—Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
Guess we’ll see if the billionaires can solve their problems with the multimillionaires enough for the rest of us to enjoy baseball this season.
It’s all for now. Have a nice day.