The time has come where a landmark hire needs to be made at the Capstone. 50 years beyond the Civil Rights Movement, it is time to destroy the color barrier, look beyond skin color and hire a coach that can revive the Alabama basketball program. In fact, it is past time. Alabama needs to fire Mark Gottfried and hire Mike Davis or Mike Anderson.
Can anyone make the argument that Mark Gottfried is a better coach than either of these Mikes? Currently, we do not have a basketball program. Sure, football rules in the state of Alabama, and yes, the Tide is back to their rightful place in the SEC West with our collective foot on the throats of our foes. But what’s wrong with having a meaningful basketball program? When we permanently take back the James E. Foy Sportsmanship trophy on March 3rd, some 30 days after notching our second top 5 recruiting class in Saban’s second year as football Czar, what’s wrong with having a basketball coach, regardless of color, who can administer the same 36 point beat down that we put on the kitties on the gridiron?
Mike Anderson (now at Missouri) is that kind of coach, with a blinding, relentless style that debilitates opponents. Or at least it did at UAB…UAB.
Mike Davis brings a different style, but fundamentally sound basketball committed to the basics that wins games. It seems that a commitment to the fundamentals in football is what restored us to being the most feared, physical team in the SEC. And with only eleven players departing (if two underclassmen leave, nine if they don’t), that fear will remain.
Mark Gottfried is just an absolute joke. Missed free throws, double-digit turnovers, horrible game planning, poor defense, lackadaisical effort and a Shula-like deer-in-headlights stare from the bench makes it abundantly clear that it is time for a change. And again, let me again encourage you not to darken the door of Coleman Coliseum until that change has come.
Finally, let me be clear: I don’t want a coach because he is black. I want a coach because he is best, regardless of color. Auburn missed their opportunity to hire a coach in football that could have made a dent in Saban’s current stranglehold in this state. Why? Because of racism, short-sightedness and stupidity. I just wish we wouldn’t make the same mistake in basketball, and when we make our next hire, we’d make a hire that sends a message from sea to shining sea: the state that is home to Selma is now home to basketball excellence.