Auburn and Alabama basketball coaches should be canned

Auburn and Alabama should do something to make basketball fun again

By Hunter Ford

Why wait until the season is over to fire the incompetent basketball coaches at Alabama and Auburn? Fire them now. Football coaches often get fired before the season is over, just ask Lane Kiffin.

The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are among the worst teams in the SEC. Alabama is one of only two SEC teams with an overall losing record (8-9) and Auburn is one of only two SEC teams still winless (0-4) in conference play.

Besides losing, the teams have some other similarities. Each has a head coach who has ties to a successful program and a decent record as a head coach at a mid-major program. Alabama’s Anthony Grant coached in Florida’s successful program under Billy Donovan and then took Virginia Commonwealth to a couple of NCAA tournaments before coming to Alabama.

Tony Barbee was a player and assistant for John Calipari at UMass and Memphis respectively. Barbee had a couple of good teams at UTEP before taking over on the Plains.

Neither coach has come close to the success of their mentors in big-time basketball. Grant has had much more success than Barbee, though. Four years into his tenure, Barbee hasn’t had a winning season and is 12-42 in SEC games.

Grant has made deep runs in the NIT with the Tide, he has one NCAA appearance, and this season he was coming off of three consecutive 20-plus win seasons. But the lack of talent and the inconsistency of his teams’ play, makes Grant’s future look bleak.

So fire them both…now. The Tide and Tigers are scheduled to play each other in Auburn on January 29. Alabama has to play Florida and LSU before then, and Auburn has to play Mississippi State and Arkansas. It will be a long shot for either team to win more than one of those games combined.

Interim coaches sometimes get players motivated. Again, ask Lane Kiffin. We could make basketball fun this year by having rotating interim coaches. Maybe Kiffin could coach the Tide on the hardwood for a week, and then Wimp Sanderson for a week (heck he could coach the rest of the season) and Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson could take turns coaching Auburn. Maybe Cam Newton could coach the Tigers for a week.

Alabama basketball needs new leadership.

Alabama basketball needs new leadership.

Let’s do something to make the basketball season fun and interesting. The “Iron Bowl” on the hardwood is shaping up to be a real stinker. Shoot, they don’t even need coaches. They can just play three-on-three, half-court style. Just remember to check the ball after rebounds. Anything would be better than what’s going on now at both schools.

On a different subject, I finally watched a football game and thoroughly enjoyed it for the first time since Alabama’s loss in the Iron Bowl. Watching the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers was a real treat. I haven’t seen that much neck-twisting and eye-poking since the last time I watched The Longest Yard, or maybe a Three Stooges short.

After seeing my beloved Crimson Tide blow the Iron Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, watching football was like listening to love songs on the radio after breaking up with a girlfriend. I just wasn’t ready. But the Niners and the Seahawks got me out of my funk with a great game. Good luck to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

6 Responses to “Auburn and Alabama basketball coaches should be canned” Subscribe

  1. 64leland January 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Wait……we have a basketball team?

    • ITK January 22, 2014 at 6:28 am #

      No. Sadly, we don’t.

  2. Crimsonite January 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    At least one of those two idiots should be taken out behind the ‘Barn’ (sorry Awbie), and shot dead. Do they shoot people for stealing $10,000,000? They should. That’s exactly what Grant has done going on his 5th year at Bama. Did I say that right? $10,000,000 fucking dollars!!! I’ll guarandamnteeyou I could take nothing but Bama high school boys and win more games than dumbass Grant has; and I’d do it for $500,000 a year just because I love Bama. Alabama is a public school, so I have a right to know that our money is being spent properly. If Grant isn’t fired after this season (actually tomorrow would be better), I’ll consider taking legal action against the Reagents, Chancellor, Directors, or whoever for malfeasance and incompetence. LMAO! RTR!

  3. Summerville January 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I’m a barner and I approve this message. This may be the first Capstone Report article I’ve ever agreed with…what exactly are we paying these guys for??

  4. Crimsonite January 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    This is a little off subject for this thread, but I can’t start a thread here – so FWIW, Warchant is having a meltdown over Coker. They are accusing him of spying on the Football program for Saban. That’s just the begining. LMFAO! For those of you concerned about our QB situation, just be patient until graduation. Apparently Coker and Bama are a done deal. RTR!

  5. ITK January 22, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    The only positive for Alabama basketball is that at least we didn’t just recently spend millions of dollars building a Taj Mahal for our failing basketball program like Auburn did.

    Nope, we let Bama basketball remain in the same old dump they’ve always had…Coleman Coliseum.

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