Obligatory Mike Shula Post
Due to hungry babies, our household heard about the firing via a “breaking news report” at two o’clock this morning.
So my first reaction was to wonder how in the world this could have “broke” at such a ridiculous hour. The answer:
In keeping with recent celebrity trends, Mal Moore informed Coach Shula of his termination by text message Sunday night.
Just as pop culture icon K-Fed received a disturbing message while at dinner with homies, Shula also got some unnerving financial news of his own, while dining out.
The crack team of investigative journalists at keepmikeshula.com have uncovered the message Shula received from Mal Moore which read simply
“CMS, IMS but am firin U. IMHO, U R A good coach, but its not workn out. TTFN- Mal :-(”
Coach Shula was allegedly out at dinner when he received the news. Upon returning home, he found a for sale sign already placed in his yard and his belongings had been packed by the team.
Then I thought that this was not a surprise. I always figured Shula as a band-aid type of coach. He was never anyone’s dream hire, just someone to stop the bleeding until the program could function properly again.
Finally, I – like everyone else – am wondering who will be the BIG HIRE. Joe Kines will finish the season. For some entertaining guesses about the permanent replacement, read the al.com forums. They’re throwing around names like Steve Spurrier and George O’Leary. More serious speculators have mentioned Cal coach Jeff Tedford, among others. Whoever it is, it better be someone good. The clouds have dissipated since Shula’s hiring and Alabama is still one of the flagship programs in college football, so there is really no excuse for hiring less than the best.
All in all I think Bama fans ought to look at this like a good car wreck. I mean, imagine you own a 2003 Toyota Corrola. You bought it right after college. Its a good car, reliable, inexpensive, but now you have a good job and want something new. Then on your way to work, you get t-boned. No-one is injured, but the car is totalled. You mourn for just a bit, then take the insurance and head to the Caddy dealership. That’s what Alabama is doing now.