Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News is reported that Coach Gottfried will be relieved of his duties this week. No announcement has been made, but it is expected Phillip Pearson will be named interim coach.
Thank You Coach Gottfried for your service. I appreciate what you did as a player AND as a coach here. You renewed interest in the basketball program after the Hobbs era, graduated your players, ran a class program, and took us to the Elite 8. I'm sad that things did not work out, but I think we all knew this change needed to be made. I wish Coach Gottfried future success.
I'm not crazy about hiring Pearson as interim. With the SEC being down, there is the possibility that we could go on a run and then some numbskulls will get the bright idea to keep him around.
I've heard rumors that we have already been pursuing another coach over the last few weeks. I wonder if the timing of this means we already have someone lined up.
At any rate, firing a coach is never a good thing. It means things are not going well. It's a necessary step, but it creates instability and could certainly have a negative effect on recruiting, at least in the short term.
Here's hoping the team can pull together and salvage something this season, while we hopefully hire the best candidate possible as a replacement.
Let's pack the house for the rest of the season, regardless of the team's record or who the interim coach is. We need to show potential coaches out there that we can be passionate about basketball! There is nothing to boycott now. RTR!