Monday, November 27, 2006

Mike Shula has been fired

Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Mike Shula has been fired.

Nov. 27, 2006, 3:50AM
Report: Alabama fires coach Mike Shula


BREAKING NEWS: Shula fired as UA head football coach

From the Crimson White:

"Mike Shula has been fired from his position as head coach of the UA football team, according to reports from The Tuscaloosa News.

The Crimson Tide went 6-6 this season, finishing the season with three straight losses.

Shula notified his assistant coaches late Sunday night after UA director of athletics Mal Moore gave him the news, according to the sources, who spoke to The Tuscaloosa News on the condition of anonymity."

BREAKING NEWS: SHULA IS OUT
Cecil Hurt - Tuscaloosa News


From Cecil:
"Mike Shula has been dismissed as the University of Alabama’s head football coach, multiple sources close to the Crimson Tide football program told The Tuscaloosa News on Sunday night.

Shula notified his assistant coaches late Sunday night after UA director of athletics Mal Moore gave him the news, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Crimson Tide staff and players had a team meeting at the Paul W. Bryant Hall Academic Center on Sunday night, but Shula and the assistant coaches were not aware of their status at that time. The meeting concluded at approximately 9:15 p.m."

3 Comments:

Blogger Sharp said...

As you know from discussions we had after the MSU game, I did not expect Shula to get the axe until next year. Funny thing is, Shula didn't either. From rumors I've heard, he refused to make any sweeping changes in his staff and so Moore canned him the next day. Shula is actually angry about it (something you don't see much). If only he'd showed that much passion earlier.

Ben Cook's take is interesting and I (somewhat) agree with him, especially on Shula's lax discipline:
http://lindyssports.com/content.php?id=792

3:26 PM  
Blogger Sharp said...

An exact opposite view from Sports Illustrated. I can see his point, too. It's essentially the point we've made many times about Mal Moore:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_blogs/football/ncaa/2006/11/bama-does-it-again.html

4:14 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Thanks for the articles. I tend to agree with Ben Cook. Shula is a great guy, the best coach we could have gotten at the time, and he left the program in better shape than he inherited, but he didn't show that he had what it takes to compete in the SEC.

7:16 PM  

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