Poor Mark Gottfried. When everyone should be thinking of spring football, and the A-Day game, the pitiful basketball team grabs a headline or three. And all were bad.
The list of people wanting to leave Tuscaloosa just keeps growing and growing and growing. (Are they rats off a sinking ship?) Richard Hendrix and Ronald Steele are testing the NBA draft waters, and Rico Pickett and Justin Tubbs are seeking a transfer. Rumors were swirling about Mikhail Torrance; however, Torranceâ€™s mother denied that he was seeking a transfer, according to this report.
The Picket situation is bizarre to say the least. Apparently, Pickettâ€™s grades are fine, but somehow Mark Gottfried wasnâ€™t happy. Pickett didnâ€™t show up for academic appointments, according to the Rap Sheet. Maybe Mark puts too much emphasis on graduating players, and not enough on winning. Is this a discipline situation, or just another example of a coach who has lost the respect of his players?
Tubbs is transferring because he wasnâ€™t going to have a scholarship next season, the Rap Sheet wrote this afternoon. Iâ€™ll be waiting on our Michigan friend at MGoBlog to get all upset at the inequity of Gottfried running off a player to make way for a new recruit. Oh wait, this isnâ€™t Nick Saban so we wonâ€™t be hearing any righteous outrage.
At least that is one break for Mark. But we should be worried about him. Why do such bad things happen to such a good guy? All his best players like Gerald Wallace just disappear into the professional ranks. Now with a bad season just completed, he canâ€™t even get a day off where players arenâ€™t bolting for other colleges or to the NBA draft.