Avery Johnson has been winning over Tide fans since he was hired. One reason for this is the thought he's put into promoting the program. Whether it's bringing students back to games by improving the student section or taking the time to appear on local and national media every chance he gets, Avery has been indefatigable in raising the profile of Alabama basketball.
His latest move is intriguing. Instead of just a bland press release announcing the non-conference schedule, Avery Johnson, his assistants, and the players will take part in the "Alabama Basketball Summer Tip Off Event" on Wednesday (July 27). The event will take place at 4 PM, and will be streamed live at the official site.
According to the official site: "Alabama men's basketball radio play-by-play man Chris Stewart will host
the event which will feature a sit down chat with coach Johnson as the
pair will recap the 2015-16 season as well as preview the upcoming year.
Following that, the schedule will be unveiled game-by-game, while
Johnson and members of the Crimson Tide coaching staff will provide
commentary about each opponent."
I think this is a very cool way idea. Fortunately, I have some free time on Wednesday, and will be able to watch this live. To my knowledge, no other college basketball program has unveiled their schedule in this way (please correct me in the comments if I'm mistaken) so Avery is setting a precedent of sorts with this event. It's yet another smart move in Avery's attempts to raise the profile of the basketball program.
Speaking of the schedule, Texas released their non-conference schedule today. As reported earlier in the summer by CBS Sports Jon Rothstein, Alabama will travel to Austin to face the Longhorns in the first game of a home-and-home series. That game will be Friday, December 2nd. Game time is TBD. Along with the trip to Oregon that Bobby posted about below, that's two really tough road games for Alabama against what should be a top 10 team in Oregon, and a fringe top 25 team in Texas.
You! Yes, you! Buckle Up!