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Monday, November 27, 2006

Shula Fired

This morning it was announced that the University of Alabama has fired their football head coach, Mike Shula. Now, I was hoping that they would have given him at least one more year, but the administration obviously thought differently - and forked out the $4 million to prove it by buying out the rest of the contract. I don't think getting yet another coach will answer all of Bama's football woes, but then again, I heard the buzz is that Mrs. Spurrier was doing a little house shopping around T-Town.


Blogger Paul Schafer said...


Your former Alabama coach, Dennis Franchione, did well this year at Texas A&M. He went 9-3 and beat our in-state rivals Univ. of Texas for his first time last week.

By the way, I emailed your yahoo address.

11/27/2006 12:28:00 PM

Blogger Johnny Grimes said...

I feel it was time for him to go. My vote is for the Ole Ball Coach. I hope he comes to T-town but that may be wishful thinking.

11/27/2006 03:41:00 PM

Blogger Mike Hess said...

I think that Spurrier ending up in Miami is a much better bet than Bama. Although you never know.


11/27/2006 06:08:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Spurrier goes to Miami, but that is only because this Gator fan doesn't like the idea of having to play against him every year. SC has beaten the Gators once (nearly twice) with Spurrier at the helm.

11/27/2006 07:12:00 PM

Blogger Timmy said...

Why ever'body got to be hatin' on Bama?

No seriously, whoever takes Shula's place, he's got a ton of pressure to deal with. Plus, we have had five coaches in the last seven years, or something like that. One bad season and you get the yank (last year Bama was 9-2).

But I will say the stats against Shula are pretty stout, especially the one about Bama never being able to come back being down in the 4th quarter (I think 0 for 19 or something).

I didn't like Spurrier when he was at UF. He came across as an arrogant jerk. But the dude knows how to coach . . . and win. Whatever happens, we need to get a team that will be good enough so that our fans will stop talking about 1992 National Championship. That was some 14 years ago! We need a coach that will get Bama fans and our t-shirt companies to start looking forward and not the past. While we are sporting "We've got 12" (national championships), we've been beat the last five times in the Iron Bowl and have had no legitimate top 10 team.

11/27/2006 08:40:00 PM

Blogger ajlin said...

This was the most boring post ever.

11/28/2006 08:06:00 AM

Blogger Mike Hess said...

I agree that Spurrier knows how to coach but I guess the main thing with him would be the fact that he is incredibly annoying to watch. I know that is a bit out of bounds per se but I'm just giving my honest assessment as a lifelong Seminoles fan (ouch!).

Anyone taking the Miami job has a ton of rebuilding to do both with the program and the team's reputation. I would not envy that position by any stretch of the imagination.

Bama is running into the problem of recruitment. They simply have too much competition from other southern schools right now. That is the same problem that teams like Illinois are facing up here with the likes of ND, OSU and Mich getting most of the stellar recruits.

Anyway, just my .02


11/28/2006 12:58:00 PM

Blogger Timmy said...

Hey you noticed the picture doesn't show up anymore? you know why?

They yanked the mikeshula.com website! Now that is just below the belt.

I feel for the man. I know we had a rough year, but from what I have heard from the players, they really liked the guy and were committed to him.

It might be that the real problem lies higher up - in the athletic director's office of Mal Moore.

Andrew, I apologize for the post being so boring. Maybe I need to talk about Auburn basketball to get you fired up. Now that's what I call excitement!

11/28/2006 10:07:00 PM


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