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Before Coach Nick Saban arrived at the Capstone and ressurected a once proud program to Bryant status, the Tide had become accustomed to winning moral victories.
For example, Alabama played Florida close in Gainsville and rode the wave of emotion as the announcement of Tim Tebow's college choice loomed on the horizon. Everyone was hanging on his every word as he spoke of the great coaching staff and tradition at Alabama, and then promptly followed the footsteps of his parents to the Univ. of Florida. The news media praised Alabama for the great job of recruiting Tebow and how it almost won. The university at one point even added a clause into Mike Shula's contract giving him a bonus for reaching the six win platiau during the season. If Auburn gets too used to being the team that almost won, they are in for a long drought, because it is amazing what you can get used to.
This post was edited by broadcastsparky 19 months ago
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I think the OP was citing the close game in Gainesville and the Tim Tebow announcement as two separate events.
I think a good many of you don't realize just what Mike Shula did for our program. I have a great deal of respect for he and his family. This has been said before, but he didn't have to come here during those lean years, but he did and I personally think did a great job with the situation he had to endure. Flame away, but that's JMO. He is an Alabama man and always will be. Pretty sad how some fans treat him. And to be mentioned in the same sentence with what is going on at Auburn right now is down right pathetic.
I absolutely agree with this post, how our fans use Coach Shula as a catch all for bad things for our program is a disgrace. To associate him with anything Auburn is incredibly wrong. Our fans have short memories about the sanctions, the coaches that turned us down and the fact Coach Shula has never, one time said a negative thing about Alabama.
We are all glad we have CNS, we all know Coach Shula wasn't the best coach, but he is an Alabama man with great class, and did his best during tough times.
I agree 100% with this post.
Well said Nauticstar
OP could learn alot from this statement.
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Unreal. Shula did so much for Alabama in an NCAA sanction riddled program. Frustrating times indeed, but he was never in a position to succeed. And he was the exact opposite of coach Fran which we needed.
Think about this for a moment as it relates to Auburn Football...
Think about their biggest games since Chizik got there that don't involve Cam Newton.
2 of the games they're most proud of are games in which they lost:
I sympathize with you Op. The comparison is legitimate. Both Shula and mr. coach chiznik are examples of good coordinators who are below average head coaches. Some on this board are blinded by their hate for au and their love for shula as a player.
Aubie 2012 compares more favorably to Bama 2000!
Shula was a below average coach that was n over his head that didnt step foot on campus b4 he was hired and has not stepped foot on campus since he was fired.
yes this is more like it. Shady recruiting, bumbling head coach, some assistant coaches you would not trust to take out your garbage to the curb. Lots of use of God's name.....
I have no problem at all with people saying Coach Shula wasn't a great coach, but if you want to knock someone as an example of the bad things at Alabama we have plenty of worth targets. Perkins, DuBose, Fran, Price, why give these a free ride when Shula conducted himself way better than any of these.
As far as saying he hasn't gone back to Alabama on visits, can the same be said about others that graduate from Alabama. Lame example IMO.
eating your own is a total lack of class.
Shula bad coach, good coach, average coach debate all you want.
He is a damn good coach, with a huge amount of football knowlege who didn't have major coaching experience thrust into taking over in the summer after another coach made the university an absolute laughing stalk.
So many mistakes were made in those years following Bear its unbeleivable. Most should rest at the feet of the leaders of the university. I can remember the days when we could not hire anyone if he wasn't one of Bears boys. You guys may not be able to remember that, but it eliminated a ton of good coaching candidates who would crawled on broken glass naked from Birmingham to get a chance.
Bottom line you never, never, never hire a coach who has not had significant head coaching experience to a program like Alabama. Sure some have hit the lottery (Stoops), but a lot are total busts.
When Shula came on, he gave the program the most important thing, he gave it class and he stabilized the ship long enough for a guy like Saban (the caliber of coach Alabama should always have) to kick total ass.
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