Monday, March 23, 2015

Coaching rumors post

Feel free to drop them in the comments here.

I'm sticking to Crean to Bama with Indiana getting Marshall when Wichita St is done in the tourney. I believe IU will soften the buyout as they want to move on.

If we strike out on Crean  and Mi$$ $t gets Howland I might be upset.

Unfortunately for DJC and myself it doesn't seem like Eustachy is getting a look. Maybe that changes if Plan A (Marshall/Crean/Smart) doesn't work.

Friday, March 20, 2015

NIT round of 16- @ Miami 11am EST

Early to bed early to... play a basketball game? I guess this was done to not interfere with NCAAT action.

Since I didn't do a preview on Illinois and we won I'm going to do the same with Miami 'cause I'm a baseball fan and have superstitions.

Gonna be a tough game... Miami won at Duke, beat our favorite ex HC Gottfried, but got blown out at home by one of the worst GA Tech teams I've seen in my lifetime.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Final Four pick

Mine are:
Duke
Virginia
Arizona
Kentucky

Kentucky barely over Arizona
Duke over UVA
Kentucky wins it all.

No... I didn't have Iowa State going far in my main bracket.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bama Toys with Illinois, 79-58



I will admit, after losing to Florida in the SEC tournament, I really didn't want to go to the NIT.  When I saw we were selected as the 6 seed Sunday night, my initial thought was, "I guess I should go to support the players/program," but honestly I viewed it more as a chore more than anything.  Well, after watching that performance last night, I'm now all-in for this NIT run.  If we make it to the finals, I will be in New York.  Hell, if I didn't already have plans this weekend, I would seriously consider flying down to Miami.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Illinois game thread

If we play like this I'm going to intentionally stop previews.

Seriously... work got in the way. Was planning on attending, but got done with day job too late.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Crimson Coaching Candidates

There are few things I find as exciting as a good coaching search.  The renewed hope, the baseless rumors, tracking of airplanes, reading between the lines, the battles of the "sources," the different factions that develop within the power structure, we're all in for a stressful but exciting and entertaining next few weeks or so.

I wanted to list some candidates and give my thoughts on all the names that I've seen mentioned here or elsewhere, but first I'd like to talk about some qualities that I believe are important for the new coach.

First, it should go without saying, but I want someone who will represent the University in a first class manner.  This was Coach Grant's strong suit, and this isn't about trading that for wins.  We can win with class.  Second, he needs to have a lot "up side."  If we can't conceivably picture the guy taking us to a final four at some point, I don't want him.  Familiarity with the region and experience recruiting the south are a plus, but I would also be open to a great recruiter with connections to a more fertile prospect base.  Finally, I want someone who understands the importance of being an ambassador to the program and actively marketing it to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham communities.  

Without further ado, here's the list:

Alias Answers

I have been visibly absent from this blog almost all season long.  Part of that has been due to work and family obligations and part due to illness.  Most has been attributable to apathy.

I was in favor of replacing Coach Grant last season but was determined to show up and support my team once the decision was made to keep him.  Unfortunately the final results of the games became so predictable that I not only could not give away my season tickets but I did not even watch the games on television.  I did not want to detract from the mood of the truly involved fans who contributed regularly to this site by complaining out of ignorance.

I want to thank the Bama Basketball faithful who contacted A.D. Bill Battle to let him know your thoughts when the rumors surfaced last week that Coach Grant would be kept.  There are not many of us.  I was worried that your concerns would be ignored.  My apathy bred ignorance persuaded me to keep silent.  I could not express any opinion based on facts.  I had not been observing the team's performance.  My ill informed feelings could not have contributed anything meaningful to the conversation.

The moderators here know my long time devotion to Bama Basketball.  I fell in love with it as a student and have returned for several games almost every year since graduating.  I've been a season ticket holder for the past ten or twelve years (maybe longer) and drive round trip from Mobile to as many games as I can, often staying up well into the night to post my observations before dragging my tired, old body to bed.  I think I attended three games this past season and barely contributed to the blog.

I have no idea whom the new coach will or should be, but I do intend to support him and our team.  I will renew my season tickets.  (I was going to abandon these very good seats if Grant was retained and probably would never have bought season tickets again.)  I will attend as many games as I can next year and will add my vocal support to the team on the court in my customary, pro-active fashion.  I would urge as many of the rest of you who can to do the same.

The Bama Basketball fan base is small but very passionate.  The Tuscaloosa and Birmingham crowds are never going to support our basketball program the way they do our football program, but if we produce a winner then the crowds will return.

I urge each of you who reads and contributes regularly at this site to show up early and often to create positive energy for our team and to show the curious how true, knowledgeable basketball fans can make a major contribution to their team's success, especially at home.  The University has honored our request that they make a change.  Let's honor their decision by trying to make Coleman Coliseum one of the toughest places in the country for visiting teams to steal a victory.