University of Alabama gives up basketball to focus more on football

In an unprecedented move, the University of Alabama Athletics Department has apparently given up basketball as a University sanctioned, organized sport in order to focus entirely on football.

How else can you explain the Crimson Tide’s performance this season in Anthony Grant’s fourth year at the Capstone?

After starting 6-0, Bama now sits at 7-5 after home losses to Dayton, Mercer…freaking Mercer…and Tulane, and a couple of road losses to VCU and Cincinnati. As the 2012-2013 season unfolds, Alabama looks to extend its streak of average seasons where it struggles to just get close to 20 wins and sits on pins and needles on selection Sunday.

Then if it gets in the Tournament quickly gets ousted by a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay or Creighton.

The Alabama basketball program is a joke…the antithesis of its football program. Coleman Coliseum is an aircraft hangar turned basketball arena. While other schools build state-of-the-art facilities, the Tide keeps putting lipstick on a pig.

And the home crowds are about as electric as a piece of drift wood. If it weren’t for the funny face guy in the crowd there would be no electricity at all.

Jack Blankenship is the only reason to go to Alabama basketball games.

And while the football program will compete for its 15th National Title a week from today, and its third in four years, the basketball program has never come within sniffing distance of relevance in that department.

Anthony Grant is making in the neighborhood of $2 Million. Two…freaking…million…dollars. Shouldn’t we expect more than this after four years?

Grant is 70-44 in his time at Bama. This includes:

Overall record: 17-15
SEC record: 6-10
Non-Conf regular season record: 10-4
SEC Tournament record: 1-1
Post season tournament: none

Overall record: 25-12
SEC record: 12-4
Non-Conf regular season record: 8-6
SEC Tournament record: 1-1
Post season tournament: NIT (4-1)

Overall record: 21-12
SEC record: 9-7
Non-Conf regular season record: 11-3
SEC Tournament record: 1-1
Post season tournament: NCAA (0-1)

Overall record: 7-5
SEC record: n/a
Non-Conf regular season record: 7-5
SEC Tournament record: n/a
Post season tournament: n/a

I still think Anthony Grant is a good coach. He was just apparently better at VCU where he went 45-9 in three seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament 2 out of 3 of those years.

But then, you have Mark Gottfried, who looked like a world beater at Murray State, tanked at Alabama (after a good season or two), and now looks the part again at NC State.

So maybe it’s not them…it’s us. Maybe it is finally time to put basketball at Alabama to rest. After all, if we’re not going to take it serious as an athletic department or a fanbase, we might as well throw in the towel. Like my grandaddy used to tell me, if you’re not going to do something right, don’t do it at all.

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