... by the Alabama media. The funny (sad) thing is I can read more about the Alabama basketball team from the AJC (Atlanta) or some of the dedicated basketball websites (links to your right) than from the local media. Don't believe me... look at this link and note the last article written.
Subscription websites for the most part give at best token coverage. The exception to that is bamaonline.com. They do the best job of the big Alabama boards at basketball coverage. You normally get more basketball info from the users on the other sites. While I realize that football talk drives Crimson Tide subscription sites, I think some of them are missing the boat by giving basketball "token" coverage.
Who's to blame for this? Is it lazy beat writers? A poor PR department? A lack of effort from the head coach to promote the game in the state? Or is it all of the above? I go with all of the above... ranking them in the order of my questions.
College basketball is big time in most parts of the country... while I'm not delusional enough to say it can be as big as it is in North Carolina and Kentucky, basketball can be more than something to fill in the time between football season. IMO this is a promotion failure by the University. It obviously doesn't help that the basketball team stunk it up last year, but still... you'd figure someone would be reporting on what changes (or lack of changes) are in store for next season.
I started this website a little over a year ago with the intent of giving folks a place to find articles about Alabama and their opponents as well as some semi-educated commentary from Alias, Hville, and yours truly. I think between the 3 of us we do ok. Actually, I'll be a little bold... we do better than ok.
Note- this is a multi-day compilation post so if it sounds scattered... well, it probably is.