Monday, January 26, 2009

Gott-fired

Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News is reported that Coach Gottfried will be relieved of his duties this week. No announcement has been made, but it is expected Phillip Pearson will be named interim coach.

Thank You Coach Gottfried for your service. I appreciate what you did as a player AND as a coach here. You renewed interest in the basketball program after the Hobbs era, graduated your players, ran a class program, and took us to the Elite 8. I'm sad that things did not work out, but I think we all knew this change needed to be made. I wish Coach Gottfried future success.

I'm not crazy about hiring Pearson as interim. With the SEC being down, there is the possibility that we could go on a run and then some numbskulls will get the bright idea to keep him around.

I've heard rumors that we have already been pursuing another coach over the last few weeks. I wonder if the timing of this means we already have someone lined up.

At any rate, firing a coach is never a good thing. It means things are not going well. It's a necessary step, but it creates instability and could certainly have a negative effect on recruiting, at least in the short term.

Here's hoping the team can pull together and salvage something this season, while we hopefully hire the best candidate possible as a replacement.

Let's pack the house for the rest of the season, regardless of the team's record or who the interim coach is. We need to show potential coaches out there that we can be passionate about basketball! There is nothing to boycott now. RTR!

12 comments:

bobbyjack said...

All I gotta say about that is WOW! Like you I'm not thrilled about PP running the show the rest of the year. I'd give it to Pettway... what he did for this program 5 years ago merits this.

Anonymous said...

I like the guy at Miami

Nick said...

hoorayyyy!

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Hville said...

I didn't think this Athletic Department had it in them. Now let's see if they complete the loop by getting someone that can get the fans back into it. Alabama is fully capable of giving a good coach a successful environment. We CAN draw 15,000 a night. We HAVE the talent inside the state to recruit from. We HAVE the facilities to get these players. We CAN make a Final Four at Alabama....

Anonymous said...

I would like to ask Karem Abdual Jabar if he would like to be our coach. He said one time that he would love to coach. He could recruit Mc Donalds All Americans, and could put Alabama in with the very best teams.

finebammer said...

kareem abdul jabbar?????


ohhhhh, i've got a headache!

Anonymous said...

haha! PP is just like CMG with coaching---Oh my gosh!!!

DJC said...

Kareem Abdul Jabbar coaching Alabama? Hell, why don't we just give Jordan a call?

Mitchell said...

Now that the change has been made, it will be interesting to see what the fan turnout will be on January 31 when Georgia comes in to Coleman. I hope that there are good, energetic crowds for the home games from this point forward. Hopefully renewed fan support can help these guys recover and make the most of what's left of the season.

Hville said...

or hell, Isaiah Thomas is available. He was very successful with the Knicks and the CBA...

DJC said...

Mitchell, we need big crowds from here on out, not only for the sake of the kids on this year's team, but more importantly, for prospective coaches. We aren't the school trying to hire a basketball coach. We are probably going to be competing with the likes of Arizona, Oregon, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Right now, we are 3rd at best on that list in terms of being an attractive place to come. We need to show the Anthony Grant's of the world that we can be more than just a football school. I wish I could be there Saturday, but at least my tickets will be used.