Friday notebook

It was an interesting week. I had fun interviewing a football legend around here, and I believe learning something in the process. There simply isn’t a football mind the peer of Homer Smith. I remember fondly the masterwork he did with Gary Hollingsworth and the 1989 Alabama football team. So when he talks, everything he says carries tremendous weight.

Not to mention, it was cool talking to a coach who studied at Princeton, Stanford and Harvard. That’s three pretty good schools.

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Bad week for Tuberville
One of the reasons this site has a strong contingent of Auburn readers is our commitment to delivering the real news about their program. The news they can’t read from the sycophants covering the Tigers for the state’s major media outlets. Why do they come here? Why do Democrats read Drudge? You’ll find the real headlines—not the dry stuff about who might contribute as a third string linebacker, but the juicy details like Tuberville’s flip-flop on the ‘Saban Rule’ and his vanity—apparently he likes to have his picture taken.

As long as the mainstream media isn’t fulfilling your needs, we’ll be here for you.

The draft and Alabama
Alabama football signee Dustin Hood was drafted in the second round of the MLB draft. Hood projects as an outfielder, but played SS in high school. Hood was drafted a bit lower than some thought, and it creates some questions about the salary he could receive. The Rap Sheet has the details on the salary goals of Hood’s family. Cecil Hurt provides some details about the type of signing bonus a second round pick could command. It sounds like good money to me.

Alex Avila Taken in 5th Round by Detroit Tigers
Alabama junior catcher Alex Avila was taken in the fifth round by the Detroit Tigers of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista , Fla.   Avila was the only current Alabama player taken on the first day of the draft.

Crimson & White Roundtable
Time slipped away from me this week, and I didn’t have time to answer the roundtable questions. But, there were some fine answers around the Internet. Roll Bama Roll is the place to go. They’ll have a roundup from the Bamasphere. You can check out the questions for this week here.

The Gottfried problem
The Alabama Basketball Blog tackles the issue of the basketball program. The blog asks, “Where do we go from here?”

So where do we go from here? I honestly do not know. Past performance always is the best indicator of future performance. Nothing in his performance over the past few seasons suggests to me that Coach Gottfried is up to the task. But while a man has breath in his lungs he has the capacity to change and to improve.

Alabama is stuck with Gottfried for at least one more season—for good or ill. Gottfried looks to have a nucleus of a strong team. If he can perform, then much of the criticism will evaporate. But like the blog said, is there anything in past performance which would indicate Gottfried can turn it around?