Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Gottfried courts Big East teams for home game (update)

Looks like the Seton Hall Pirates are signed for a 2 game series. On the bright side the team gets a trip to NYC... or close enough.
Tide-Pirates agree?

TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried is one game away from completing his schedule for 2006-07, and that late November date might be against a Big East opponent.

Gottfried has had discussions with Seton Hall and Georgetown University, among a small handful of schools, about starting a home-and-home series that would begin this season, most likely in Tuscaloosa the last week in November.

"I'm hoping I can get it done, in principle, today, and by next week it'll be through," Gottfried said Monday.

The ninth-year Alabama coach said he could not release his schedule until the final contract has been signed, and that he'd overnight a contract the day he receives verbal confirmation.

Rest of the article can be read here:
Adding a Big East school to the schedule?

Seton Hall isn't what they used to be...since PJ left the program is barely above water. Georgetown on the other hand is on it's way back to the glory days of the 80s. I'd love to matchup with the Hoyas.

This quote from CMG bothers me:
"We're the football school that's getting a lot of respect nationally as a basketball team," Gottfried said. "There are a lot of times we're not a real attractive opponent. People don't want to get beat by a team that their fans think is a football school."

He's right on the money, but I'm not sure I would publicly say that. Florida is a football school, but their program is not viewed as a stepchild anymore. Ditto for Ohio State, but they don't hear the "we're a football school" mantra anymore.

Alabama basketball shouldn't be a stepchild either. You know how we take the next step... win SEC Championships and advance to the 2nd and 3rd week of the NCAA tournament with some regularity. That would put a stop to us being a football school with a nice niche basketball program... at least nationally.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Some SEC schedules released

LSU- Loaded
Mississippi State- Mostly Cupcakes
Ole Miss- Not bad considering

Florida- Stout
Kentucky- Brutally tough as usual
South Carolina- Kansas and cupcake city
Tennessee- Not bad

I couldn't find one for Auburn, Arkansas, Vandy, or Georgia... I'm guessing like Alabama they wait a while to release the schedule. Then again, the ones I listed beside us probably would rather talk about another sport. :)

It looks like the SEC isn't afraid to play the big boys in other conferences. UConn is on LSU's and Ole Miss' schedule, Kansas plays Florida and South Carolina, Texas plays LSU and Tennessee, not to mention the tournaments like the Maui Invitational (UK), Paradise Jam (Alabama), Preseason NIT (Tennessee), and the Las Vegas Invitational (Florida... and a tournament I wish we can schedule soon).

The SEC this season is almost as tough as the Big East top to bottom IMO. We shall see.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hendrix gets to play with M.J.

Sunday, August 20, 2006
By PAUL GATTIS, Huntsville Times

Too bad one of Richard Hendrix's professors at Alabama won't ask him to write a paper about his summer vacation.
Too bad, because this could be the title: Played Hoops with Michael Jordan.

Earlier this month, and before returning for his sophomore season with the Crimson Tide, Hendrix traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., with teammates Ron Steele and Jermareo Davidson to attend to the Michael Jordan Flight School.

"It was a great experience to go out with a couple of teammates and do a little skill development with the best coaches in the country," Hendrix said last week while spending some time at his parents' home in Athens.

Along with working as a youth counselor, Hendrix spent time developing a "go-to move" around the basket to make his game even better than in his freshman season. He averaged 9.4 points and 8 rebounds per game last season as the Tide made the NCAA Tournament second round.

The Alabama trio received invitations to the camp in part, Hendrix said, because Alabama is a Nike school and Jordan, of course, has long been a pitchman for the sneaker company.
Link to the rest of the article:
Hendrix gets to play with Air Jordan

Saturday, August 19, 2006

NCAA Gives Cloyd His Final Approval

According to this article on the CBS page, Cloyd now has been cleard to play:

Cloyd cleared by NCAA... again
And from al.com:
Whoo hoo!

I honestly think we now have all the tools we need for our first Final Four run. Anything can happen, especially in the tournament, but this is the most talented team Bama has fielded in quite a while and it really should be a special year.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Coach Mark Gottfried will speak at the Bama Club of NW FL in Pcola Thurs Aug 24,

Time is 6-8pm

Place St Anne's Catholic Church Family Life Center 5200 Saufley Field Rd

Dress is Crimson Casual

Cost $20. for members & $25. for non-members (dinner is included catered by former Bama football player Doug Allen of Beulah Land BBQ

There will also be a football report by former football player Dr Randy Hall

Contact numbers: (850)384-1526 or (850)456-5007

Info courtesy of '2 4 Bama'

Unfortunately, I have promised to be in Tuscaloosa that night so I will not be able to support the event, but all Bama Basketball fans in the area should help support this effort and try to meet the coach.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Cloyd not out of woods yet with NCAA

TUSCALOOSA | Donald Jackson, the attorney for recently admitted University of Alabama basketball player Verice Cloyd, told CBS SportsLine.com this weekend that he is concerned that the NCAA may launch a “lengthy review" into Cloyd and dozens of other former prep school players, possibly delaying their eligibility past the start of the upcoming college basketball season.

“I had hoped … all this was over," Jackson said in the interview. “But this is far from over."

Jackson represents Cloyd, a freshman guard played at Genesis One Prep in Mendenhall, Miss. Cloyd had to wait through a long, highly publicized process before gaining NCAA clearance and, ultimately, admission into UA

NCAA clears but then wants to punish?

My $.02... crap or get off the pot NCAA. Either say you will or won't accept players from schools like this. Don't be wishy washy. All this does is put a kid's college career on hold as the NCAA figures out what they want to do... and we all know they take their sweet ass time doing so!

This irks me to no end!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Dukie V gives us his 2nd team All-Americans...


Ok, enough of my fake Vitale... here's the link:

Steele part of Vitale's 2nd team

No surprise Florida has 4 players 5th team or better (including Noah who I assume is 1st team).

Also, for your reading pleasure Dickie V gave us his top 40 teams. Link below:
5 SEC teams in the top 25... although I really think Kentucky is going to be AUful.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ronald Steele is no Michael Jordan...

... but who is?

Yes, Steele will tell you, a man nearing middle age recently schooled him in a pickup game.

"I guarded him one play," Steele said in a phone call from Santa Barbara, Calif. "I did everything I could and he still scored on me."

The unstoppable force was the founder of a camp Steele and Davidson are working this week. Oh, he's also an ex-Birmingham Baron.

Ever heard of Michael Jordan?

``He hit a fadeaway on me. I don't remember how close it was, but I cut him off good and he still hit it," Steele explained.

``It's amazing to watch him out there on the court and see how good he is. Even at 43, he's the best player I've ever seen."

OK, we know Jordan has game. But according to Jordan, so does Alabama's honorable mention All-American.

Jordan pulled Steele aside after one session to talk about Steele's talent and potential. The John Carroll Catholic High product, a rising junior point guard at Alabama, listened intently - once he picked his jaw off the floor.

``He gave me a lot of compliments, but he also gave me tips," Steele said.

The rest of the article can be read here:
Tide star Steele 'schooled' by basketball legend

Can't think of anyone better to get basketball advice from than Air Jordan... I do hope any advice Jordan gave to him in regards to basketball operations went in one ear and out the other.

More good press for Alabama basketball...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Alabama to play in Coors Classic in Mobile

Coors Classic... it's the right beer now?

The Crimson Tide will hoop it up with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and South Alabama will take on Ole Manning... uh Miss in the other game. This is good exposure for the Tide in Mobile... get more of the state excited about Crimson Tide basketball.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Official Roster Out

The official roster is out, published on RollTide.com. Here is a link to it:

Official Roster

Unfortunately, Ray George's name does not appear on it. I suspect Cloyd is the only freshman who will not redshirt because Riley is listed as a forward, which apparently is his natural position. If Cloyd does redshirt, that probably means the coaches expect Steele to stick around for another year. I think we'll see Cloyd playing so he and Hollinger can share time at the point next year. I really don't know whether Torrence and Tubbs are being groomed as point guards or shooting guards.

It should be a fun year. I can hardly wait to get reports from the students on their new class mates.