Well, it’s now official. Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday she had given state school Superintendent Eric Mackey the go-ahead to have students finish the school year online.
The school year will officially end in Alabama on June 5, Mackey said, and spring activities like sports and band are over.
It has seemed inevitable for some time, but still this news hurts. There will be no junior-senior proms, no (formal) senior get-to-gethers, possibly no official grad-uation cere-monies.
The ones I feel for (and we’ll try to talk with some of them in the coming days) are the senior spring sports athletes. Like senior college basketball players, their playing careers are finished, unless they can catch on at the next level.
We’re still trying to recognize senior (really, all) spring sports athletes at Arab and Brindlee Mountain, so if you are a coach or administrator and you have access to team photos, we have plenty of space to run such stuff, as you can imagine.
Call me (256-586-3188) or, better, email the photos along with IDs to: email@example.com.
• Radio talk show host Cole Cubelic is trying to keep things positive, messaging the odds to make the college football playoffs (assuming there is a season), according to betonline.ag:
Clemson 1/2, Ohio State 2/3, Alabama 4/5, Oklahoma 5/4, Georgia 3/2, LSU 2/1, Notre Dame 11/4. Florida 7/2, Texas 4/1, Texas A&M 4/1, Auburn 5/1, Oregon 5/1, Penn State 6/1, Michigan 13/2, Oklahoma State 14/1 and Tennessee 14/1.
• Alabama’s Kira Lewis will enter the 2020 NBA Draft while keeping all his options open, according to his Twitter page.
• If there is a season, Mike Leach’s Mississippi State debut reportedly has been moved up from Saturday, Sept. 5, to Thursday, Sept. 3, against New Mexico. It’ll be a a national broadcast but I couldn’t find any network info. When it was scheduled for Sept. 5, it was to be carried by ESPN.
• Seems all the sports news these days is negative. Washington State football player Bryce Beekman has died, according to ESPN and other sites.
Beekman started all 13 games at safety last year.
• The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946.
The race will instead be held Aug. 23.