Marve a priority for 'Bama recruiting 

November, 28, 2006
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The dismissal of Alabama head coach Mike Shula brings to an end a difficult four-year tenure. He guided the Crimson Tide through NCAA probation and scholarship restrictions, but after finishing 10-2 in 2005 and losing multiple players to the NFL, Alabama struggled mightily this year, finishing 6-6 and losing to Auburn for the fifth straight year.

Whether you agree or disagree with the move, Alabama may suffer in their recruiting of the Class of 2007. Picture this: if Alabama would have stuck with Shula for one more year, the negative recruiting tactics would have come out of the woodwork because of his job status after next year, and that can never be good. However, by letting him go, now they are in a holding pattern until a new coach is hired, which once again will put them behind the curve. It's almost a "lose-lose" situation, at least in the interim.

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