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How good will they be this year?
Don't expect much, but have high hopes.
We will be young, not coached well enough, and outclassed by most of the SEC schools who have the benefit of lotteries, better facilities, and better coaches.
Saddens me to say this because I absolutely loved our teams in the glory days of the 90's and 2000's. Hope we can get back there again soon.
Can't get much worse than last season can it?
A&M has an elite program so we drop another peg now.
The biggest difference that I see from the times you talk about as hay days and today is recruiting. Then Bama seem to recruit more national as our teams were diverse. Today seems to be very Bama heavy with a few of the outline states. Nothing wrong with Bama guys as my roommate for 2 years was a Bama guy just giving as example. Mitch was here during those days and Andy and Dax were players then. They know what it takes but sometimes does not translate or something is missing
Back then the Joe rocked with super fan etc and was a very electric environment
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Have some stud freshman... but they're freshman. Love our pitching. We'll see. Im not quite as down on this years team as most ITT, but I'm also not expecting a GREAT year
I think they will be improved from last year, won't be great though...
Loved watching you and your teams play. Those were some great years. Had the talent, toughness, and fan backing to make for a superb program.
Just feel that the lottery/scholarship issue is the biggest hurdle that we have. In essence, it means that we have about half the scholarships to offer compared to those states with the lottery, and that limits our ability to recruit out of state.
Add to that, it seems that we don't seem to want to spend the money to make our facilities what they need to be compared to the elite of this conference.
I really like the men on our coaching staff and want them to be successful. Looking back, I think my initial post was a little too pessimistic. Here's hoping to a better year in 2013!
All I hear is how we can not compete because of the education lotteries. How is it that we compete in softball? Because we have a superior coaching staff. We can do it in baseball, but we just don't have the staff we need nor the commitment from the University in the way of facilities IMO. I would rank our staff as the third or fourth best staff in our own STATE. Doing the same thing expecting a different result. Cecil wrote an article just before the University let Mike Shula go and the message of the article was if we don't have the best coach available then why not? The University needs to take this approach to the baseball program.
Yep. You know firsthand how important it is to get guys from around the country.
I believe all of those guys were from out of state. But back then, we were "selling" something. We had a great coach, dynamic young recruiters (Butler and Mitch,) a huge stadium (which is no longer huge,) a rabid fanbase, etc.
Now - we have a dilapidated ballpark, virtually no fan support outside of the Tuscaloosa regulars who make up about 1,000 fans a game, less scholarship money than neighboring states, etc.
Until we hire a coach that wants to market the hell out of his program, turn over rocks around the country recruiting...and an admin that wants to legitimately improve the facilities - we will be nothing more than an also-ran in this league. Sad, but true.
Look at Auburn - they have FAR nicer facilities, and for the most part they suck every year too. They face the same challenges we do.
Want it fixed? A brand new stadium and a new coaching regime. That would breath life back into the program, recruits would follow and so would winning...IMO.
I want every Bama program to be the best. With that being said, although I root like hell for the baseball team, I am not sold on this coaching staff yet. I would love for them to proove me wrong and have a good season.
The Dynasty is Here!
I may be completely wrong, but I'm pretty sure softball gets plenty of scholarship money due to being a women's program. It's all about Title 9. Women athletes have to have the same amount of scholarship opportunities as men do. Other programs are able to use their few scholarships on out of state kids, because most instate kids can go for cheap because of lottery money. Alabama has to use scholarships on in state kids because they don't have a lottery. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Yea, the crappy part in Baseball is 11.7 schollies for 25 guys. So when I was getting recruited they are basically offering money and sometimes you have to take the bigger scholly even if its not your favorite school. With Softball almost every girl, not all get a full ride and used to irritate me as my wife played softball at bama same time. They would have girls ride the bench on bigger scholly then starters on baseball. The lottery was in place during my time and we were good. But the facilty is sure down, im not saying a new stadium makes a program but can sure help in drawing kids that might decide with Bama and another school. Wells was the head coach but I felt that Gaspard and Butler did all the recruiting and is waht got me to bama not wells.
Yea my years we were from CA, TX, AZ, MA, LA, and of course the states that border Bama
I don't have my hopes up. The talent on the team is pretty young, but like others said, there are valid concerns about coaching. I'm hoping that our players will have improved, but I'm not holding my breath.
That said, this is a new year. I'm going to start out as optimistic as I can be while still being realistic.
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