Thursday, December 28, 2006

Independence Bowl and Jan.1, 2007 Update

Today interim coach Joe Kines leads the Tide against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana at 3:30. In the scheme of things, it may not be the biggest bowl game ever, but it would be nice to see Alabama finish with a winning season. I will post more later.


I won't write too much about the game. Alabama lost 34-31 on a last second field goal by Oklahoma State. To me, though, this game was confirmation that the Tide needed new leadership. Alabama erased a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter to the tie the game with a few minutes left. That is something that never happened once in the four years under head Coach Mike Shula. Also impressive to me was the improved play calling. Dave Rader did a fine job putting the offense in a position to succeed. Most notable was the lateral to Freshman All-American offensive tackle Andre Smith. After trying (and failing) to run it up the middle twice inside the five, Rader called this play and it worked like a charm. No one will ever know, but I am confident that if Coach Shula had tried plays like this in the "red zone" on just a few occasions, Alabama may have finished 8-5 or even 9-4 and he could have saved his job. We may have beaten Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, or Auburn. A victory in even two of those five games would have made a huge difference.


Jan.1, 2007 Update:

That's all history now. The big news today is that Alabama officials are supposedly speaking with Miami Dolphins Head Coach Nick Saban.

For what it is worth (they have been wrong repeatedly): Birmingham News

The most reliable reports have been from Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News

Thursday, December 21, 2006

We Need a Sense of Humour These Days

Being a Bama fan these days definitely requires one to have a sense of humour. I received these photos via email during the past week.

Friday, December 08, 2006

So much for coach Rod....

Breaking news...

Mal Moore has confirmed that Rodriguez is staying at WV.

As Finebaum has stated, Alabama is shooting blanks.

Has it come to this, we are just good for one thing: being used by coaches of other schools to increase their salaries?

Mal Moore must have violated every rule in the book about how to hire a college football coach.

And half of the media in Alabama are a total joke. Even now, after the fact, my radio is telling me that Alabama and Rodriguez have cut a deal. What a bunch of embarassing reporting, inept leadership, and disappointment of mammoth proportions for Alabama fans who deserved so much moore!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

New Coach?

I think it's almost official. Fox 6 and the Birmingham News report that Rich Rodriguez has accepted the Bama job, as of 8:36.

Thursday, 07 Dec 2006, 8:36 PM CST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC-TV) -- West Virginia head football coach Rich Rodriguez has accepted a job offer from the University of Alabama to become its next head football coach, according to reports.

The Birmingham News reported online Thursday night that, according to sources close to the University of Alabama, Rodriguez accepted -- in principle, the job offer.


Articles from Friday 12/8/06:

Bama Strikes it Rich - Mobile Register 12/8/06

Rodriguez agrees in principle to coach UA - WVVA Bluefield, WV

CBS seeks candidates to replace Rodriguez - CNS News

Tide lands Rodriguez for salary of $2 million - Huntsville Times

Tide's hire points to scoreboard - Huntsville Times

Rodriguez deal expected, Cecil Hurt - Tuscaloosa News

And here is a contradictory article from WV:

Rich, Alabama still talking - Charleston, WV Gazette

Another note: As of 1:10 p.m. WJOX 690 out of Birmingham interviewed a member of the WV media who stated that Alabama has given Rodriguez a 2:00 p.m. CT deadline to either accept or reject the offer. The reporter stated that Coach Rod is meeting with WV officials to discuss a possible counter offer. It was also reported that this afternoon Coach Rod will meet with his team and let them know whether he intends to stay or go. The drama continues. More to come...

Negotiations continue between Rodriguez, WVU Vernon Bailey PublisherWest Virginia University officials continue to work through negotiations with head football coach Rich Rodriguez on Friday morning, according to sources close to the situation.Rodriguez is currently considering an offer from Alabama after the Crimson Tide fired former coach Mike Shula on November 26. Rodriguez has acknowledged meeting with Alabama athletic director Mal Moore Tuesday night in New York City.Reports from various news sources have indicated that Rodriguez has accepted an offer from Alabama but at this point, those reports appear to be premature.The Mountaineers will have a team meeting at 3:00 PM ET today and it is believed that Rodriguez will make his intentions known before that time.For updates on the situation, please visit's Blue Lot message forum. The staff will be on hand throughout the process to bring you the latest available information.

Tide Extends Offer to Rich Rodriguez

"The University of Alabama has extended an offer to West Virginia University’s Rich Rodriguez to become the new head football coach of the Crimson Tide, sources confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News on Thursday. "

From and Cecil Hurt

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Articles about the coach search from this weekend's papers