Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pearson Gone and other rumblings

Coach Pearson will not be retained by Coach Grant, according to the Birmingham News. I like Coach Pearson, and thought he did an excellent job under the circumstances, but this is probably for the best. There is a major potential for problems when a new coach keeps around members from the old staff, and I would imagine Anthony Grant will probably clean house. I would not have minded seeing Coach Pearson stay, and I hope he gets a good job somewhere.

Also, rumor on the message boards is that we will be moving volleyball and women's basketball out of Coleman Coliseum and into Foster's Auditorium. This would give the men's basketball team exclusive use of the practice facility. This may be a popular move with most, but I don't like it. While I am obviously a fan of the men's program, I want UA to excel at all sports. This would be a crippling move for women's basketball. They work just as hard and do not deserve to be relegated to the asbestos infested dinosaur known as Fosters. Wendell Hudson is working hard to get that program turned around, but I can't imagine how he would go about recruiting young ladies to play in Foster's. Coach Grant spoke in his press conference about the University making a committment to succeed in all sports, not just football. Just as Coach Grant would not like Coach Saban making decisions that adversely impact men's basketball, Coach Grant and the athletic department should not make decisions that are detrimental to the competitiveness of our women's teams.

6 comments:

bobbyjack said...

Used to watch volleyball in Fosters... that's about where they should play. Basketball however I agree with.

finebammer said...

how often were there conflicts in the use of the practice facility to the detriment of the men's basketball program???

Hville said...

It appeared the writing was on the wall when it now looks like Grant will be able to bring Pujol with him...

Anonymous said...

This isn't bad for the women's program and I bet, if it happens, CWH approved or even asked for it. Foster could/should be updated for historical reasons, as well as for current use. And it would give the ladies a place to play that is all their own - not to mention a crowd of 1,500 would look great a Foster and it's just a pittance at Coleman.

DJC said...

It would be a death blow to the women's program. I agree Foster's need to be updated, but it has a LOOONNNG way to go before it could even be considered for hosting D1 competitions in any sport.

1500 would look better in Foster's, but our women's program can do better than that. They've actually been to a final 4, and I remember seeing 6,000-7,000 there for NCAA games years ago. You will never have that at Foster's.

Anonymous said...

Foster Auditorium was completed in 1939 as a multipurpose facility with a seating capacity of 5,400.
The building housed the women's athletics programs during the 1970s and 1980s.