2020 Fall Report: Alabama


Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy was sitting in his office in late March looking out the window at the football team’s practice field. He saw more than 100 players vying to earn playing time, knowing there were only 22 starting spots up for grabs.

The scene became a perfect example for Murphy to use with his own team. After the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to players once the 2020 season was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic, roster sizes and talent would be even greater for 2021.

“It’s all about competing for your spot,” Murphy said.[…]


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