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Where the Sidewalk Ends

For whoever makes a shelter of reeds and hides has joined his spirit to the common destiny of creatures and he will subside back into the primal mud with scarcely a cry. But who builds in stone seeks to alter the structure of the universe and so it was with these masons however primitive their works may seem to us.

– Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

A Drug Called Tradition has reached the place where the sidewalk ends and walked with a walk that is measured and slow, into a strange new world.
Where the Sidewalk Ends

3SIB We encourage you to follow us — to 3rd Saturday in Blogtober — or as we like to call it: Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West Meets the Evening Amber in the East.

We’ve already introduced ourselves in that bloody coliseum of spit and hate. So join us where October’s sanguine moon always shines the field on that sacred fall Saturday. Beware: the Alabama folks smell of sweet cigars, and the Tennessee people… well… they just smell of rotted cheese and Jack Daniels.

Thank you readers, commenters, and everyone else.  The pleasure’s all on this side of the table, trust us.

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns
crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

– Shel Silverstein

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…a Ram

ALABAMA BASKETBALL COACHING SEARCH UPDATE
02.19.09

If ‘Bama hires this man, we will purchase season tickets for basketball.  He’s our Rushmore…

Anthony GrantANTHONY GRANT
Head Coach – Virginia Commonwealth University Rams

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A Tiger, a Spartan, a Musketeer

ALABAMA COACHING SEARCH UPDATE
02.18.09

Really not an update, but it’s nice to see someone is keeping tabs on these candidates. The Crimson half over at 3SIB is conducting a series in profiles of potential UA head coach candidates. The capsules are brief and informative, tapping into the essentials (Click on the potential candidate’s name to see 3SIB’s profile):

Tom IzzoTOM IZZO

Head Coach – Michigan State University Spartans

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Sean MillerSEAN MILLER
Head Coach – Xavier University Musketeers

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John CalipariJOHN CALIPARI

Head Coach – University of Memphis Tigers

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…in a Handbasket

That this was even considered by University of Memphis officials is more proof that Tennessee‘s Little Brother is an awful, awful program. The Tigers were actually considering wearing uniforms with FedEx colors?

Fedex Uniform Memphis Basketball
Have some respect for yourself, Memphis.

As one Birmingham, Ala., columnist points out:

Without FedEx, Memphis basketball might be Tulane…Without FedEx, the city of Memphis might be Birmingham.

Actually, without FedEx, Memphis basketball would be much worse than Tulane. Without FedEx, it might not be a strong enough program financially to even be in, say, the Sun Belt Conference.

And give Birmingham a little credit, Scarbinsky. The Magic Citaaay is gettin’ a dome ‘iznitches!

From the B’ham Dome website***, we kid you not:

Looks like the economic crash, [Birmingham Mayor Larry] Langford’s arrest, the ensuing sewer scandal, and the hiring of Gene Chizik has failed to diminish the excitement, enthusiasm, and focus of the birmingham dome plan.

B'ham Dome
Define ‘dome.’

Back to the FedEx uniforms thing…so Memphis basketball does owe a lot to the corporate sponsor that pumps the life-blood into the program’s sorry existence. But does that mean the school must completely abandon its tradition and values for shameless corporate advertisement? Wait…tradition…values…Memphis?

Nevermind…as you were.

**Disregard that the City of Birmingham is on the brink of bankruptcy. Maybe a nice moneymaker like Memphis’s own Platinum Plus Club should be arranged…

***The Birmingham Dome website is apparently just a blog run by some dude who wants a dome in the city and is in no way affiliated with the City of Birmingham, which is cutting costs on notepad paper at city council meetings and probably couldn’t be able to fit a website into the budget even if it wanted.

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Right Now Ed is Playing the Piano

Alabama Coaching Search Update

Presumably, University of Alabama officials are in the process of searching for former Alabama head basketball coach Mark Gottfried‘s replacement. A couple of the top candidates have spoken.

Right now, Mike is avoiding the issue.

Right now, Mike is avoiding the issue.

Former UAB coach Mike Anderson, who currently leads the Mizzou basketball program, said he is not interested RIGHT NOW. Seriously, in a single statement, he says RIGHT NOW 42 times. Well Mike, you don’t wanna wait ’til tomorrow. Why put it off another day? One more walk through the problems…built up and stand…in our way! One step ahead…one step behind…

Now you gotta run to get even…make future plans, don’t dream about yesterday…HEY! C’mon, turn this thing around!

RIGHT NOW!!!!!

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith also evaded the question of the ‘Bama vacancy on Wednesday, saying that he is not looking at any other coaching positions. “I’m happy here in Minnesota,” Smith said today. “I’m not looking for any jobs.” Ok, whatever…classic line that really means, I’m happy here, and I’m not actively pursuing other jobs, but I’ll listen if they wanna talk.

Whatever dudes…we want Anthony Grant. Unfortunately, according to Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News, who talked to some “insiders familiar with Grant and his thinking,” the young VCU coach won’t consider Alabama. Readers beware, this Scarbinsky guy makes “earth-shattering” predictions weekly and hits on about 50% of them (which is a really low percentage considering he’s freaking journalist who should really be around the inside scoop every day of his life). According to the article, Grant will not go to Tuscaloosa but would rather go to Georgia, who won the SEC conference championship last year and is about to fire its coach.

Really Scarbinsky? “Insiders familiar with Grant and his thinking?” C’mon, man…be a professional. Grant may spurn Alabama for Georgia, like you say, but this is garbage. Either get a better source or learn how to write.

A Grant

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Who Will Alabama Hire to Replace Gottfried?

Now that Mark Gottfried‘s exit as head coach of the Alabama basketball team is official, athletic director Mal Moore and university president Robert Witt have an important decision to make in replacing him. Not quite as crucial as the search for a new football coach two years ago after Mike Shula was released, but hell it’s the end of January and basketball is an appropriate topic right now.

So who will ‘Bama hire as its next head basketball coach? So early in the process, DCT gives its top 2 potential candidates:

1. ANTHONY GRANT

Anthony Grant

Current Position: Head Coach, Virginia Commonwealth

Previous Coaching:

Miami Central Senior High School, Assistant (1987-1992)

Miami Central Senior High School, Head Coach (1992-1993)

Stetson, Assistant (1993-1994)

Marshall, Assistant (1994-1996)

Florida, Assistant (1996-2006)

Alma Mater: Dayton small forward (1983-87)

Why?: When Billy Donovan left Marshall for Florida in 1996, he brought Grant as an assistant. With tremendous talent, much of which Grant had a huge hand recruiting to Gainesville, the Gators made it to the national championship game in 2000. Many of the players on Donovan’s ’06 and ’07 national title teams were brought to UF by the young assistant. Donovan is one of the best, if not THE best, in the college game, and his successful methods have clearly rubbed off on his apprentice.

In 2006, Grant was named the head coach of Virginia Commonwealth University. The Rams of VCU were a pretty good team when he took over, having been polished by prior head coach Jeff Capel, who left VCU for Oklahoma following the ’05-’06 season. Capel’s squad had been to the NCAA Tournament two seasons before Grant came in but never won more than 20 games under Capel. **VCU won 23 games during 2003-2004 under Capel. In his first year leading VCU, Grant led the Rams to a whopping 28 wins and a charge into the second round of March Madness. In his second season, VCU won 24 games but barely missed out on a NCAA Tourney berth. When Donovan almost left for the Orlando Magic last year, Grant was the leading candidate to replace him at Florida.

So far this season, VCU is 15-5 and 8-1 in the Colonial Conference. So the guy can obviously coach. Arguably, another plus for a hiring of this young leader is the fact that it would be Alabama’s first black head basketball coach. While it’s unfortunate that race is often dragged into any conversation when an SEC school is looking for a new coach in football or basketball, Grant’s race is irrelevant when it comes to his ability and potential. It would be a positive for the Tide if it hired him, but he’d probably be the leading candidate if he was white, green, blue, or magenta.

He knows the SEC and was mentored by the best, and he can coach on his own.

Why Not?: Very little argument against this potential hire or its possibility.

2. TUBBY SMITH

Tubby Smith

Current Position: Minnesota, Head Coach

Previous Coaching:

Head Coach – Kentucky (1997-2007): Georgia (1995-1997); Tulsa (1991-1995); Hoke County High School (1978-1979); Great Mills High School (1975-1978 )

Assistant – Kentucky (1989-1991); South Carolina (1986-1989); Virginia Commonwealth (1979-1986)

Alma Mater: High Point College (1969-1973)

Why?: Smith’s record at UK speaks for itself, a national title, five SEC regular season crowns, five SEC tournament championships, six Sweet Sixteens, and four Elite Eights. He reached 100 wins faster than any UK coach in history except legend Adolph Rupp. In his second season at Minnesota, Smith has led the Gophers to their best start in school history (17-3 so far). Many arguing Smith as a legitimate candidate note that former Alabama head coach C.M. Newton hired him to Kentucky in 1997 when Newton was the athletic director in Lexington. So there’s a connection, but when is there not some connection these days?

Why Not?: Smith may not be willing to return to the SEC for a third different school’s HC position. While UA does not demand much from its basketball program, the fan base can turn pretty rabid, as evidenced by its criticism of Gottfried. However, surely ‘Bama fans, boosters, and the administration would be more than happy to visit the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight every year.

Other Names Being Tossed around: Mike Anderson Davis, UAB Head Coach and former UA player; Brad Stevens, Butler Head Coach; Scott Drew, Baylor Head Coach

Would Be Neat But Off the Wall: Wimp Sanderson; C.M. Newton himself. Both old, but both awesome.

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Mark Gottfried “Resigns”

***UPDATE*** The University of Alabama and Mark Gottfried released a statement Monday afternoon saying the ‘Bama head basketball coach has resigned (Earlier reports indicated that he was fired). Puh-TAY-to/Puh-TAH-to…he’s out.

Assistant Philip Pearson will coach the Tide for the remainder of the season. Alabama plays next on Jan. 29th – at Arkansas.

Mal and I sat down today, and we talked. At that point, I notified him of my intention to resign as head coach of the men’s basketball program…I love the University of Alabama, but I feel that it is in the best interests of everyone involved.

– Former Head Basketball Coach, Mark Gottfried

Alabama has fired head basketball coach Mark Gottfried has resigned after almost 11 seasons, according to Cecil Hurt of Tide Sports/Tuscaloosa News. Gottfried, who played for UA, was 210-131 overall and 83-82 in SEC play as head coach in Tuscaloosa. Under him, the Crimson Tide won the SEC West twice (’01-’02 and ’04-’05) and the entire SEC once (’01-’02). His most memorable season came during 2003-2004 when the Tide reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

Props to 3SIB for staying on top of this story as it developed.

Mark Gottfried

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