My goodness. There is so much crap going on right now it's just ridiculous.
Let's start out with basketball. Missouri beat Memphis last night, and you had to have seen it coming. This is the first year that Memphis has gotten a lot of national love, with seemingly EVERYBODY picking them to clobber Missouri in the Elite Eight. Ridiculous. Anyway, just goes to show that the way to beat Memphis is being better at what they do than they are. For example, Tennessee last year and Missouri this year.
Anyway, that means Mike Anderson is still in the tourney. Which also means he's in the Elite Eight, which means he's probably going to get a goldmine from Missou, which means he probably will not be leaving anytime soon.
Kentucky fired Gillespie today. The first rumor was that Donovan was taking the Kentucky job, and that came out of Orlando. Next thing you know, Donovan is issuing a statement showing his commitment to Florida. So he ain't goin nowhere. In the meantime, the guys that initially said Izzo to Alabama are still stickin with their story.
I would have to think that, with Billy D staying at Florida, Anthony Grant will accept the Alabama position tomorrow. Press conference on Monday.
As if basketball wasn't crazy enough, now we have a story that Ozzie Newsome is in town. Now, don't get me wrong, it could actually be for Nick Saban's football clinic. But, in my head, I'm thinking there's some backdoor stuff going on that will allow Ozzie to take over as AD once Mal retires after this basketball search. This is a very real possibility and it's been talked about forever. The fact that he's on-campus right now is a big deal. And don't think for one second that he wouldn't want to come back to Alabama.
It looks like Anthony Grant will take the Bama job. Evidently a 6:00PM presser on Sunday. # posted by paul4tide : 11:35 AM
Coach Saban and Ozzie Newsome are long time friends, going back to their days with the Cleveland Browns. He's in town to speak at Coach Saban's coaches clinic. Now, I would love to see Ozzie come back to the Capstone, but I would think Mal will stick around until the final phase of the addition to Bryant-Denny is complete in 2010. # posted by CapstoneGrad06 : 9:14 PM
I agree about Mal leaving...but I think that what you just said, about Ozzie being friends with Saban already, would lead to Ozzie taking the position in 2010 once Mal retires.
He'd be the natural fit, and I think that he, just like Coach Bryant, would come running when "Mama calls." # posted by Memphis Tider : 12:04 AM
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