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Nate Oats Rounds Out Alabama Basketball Coaching Staff

New Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats is expected to hire Charlie Henry as assistant coach. Henry was serving as head coach for a G-League team (aka NBA D-League), the Windy City Bulls, based in a Chicago suburb. The Bulls made the G-L post-season this season for the first time in their three year existence but lost in the first round.

A Michigan native, Henry got his first coaching job with Oats at Romulus High School for the 2009–2010 season. He then went on to join Fred Hoiberg’s staffs at both Iowa State and the Chicago Bulls. Several Nebraska news outlets prematurely reported that Henry would reunite with Hoiberg at Nebraska.

Henry is set to join Oats’ Buffalo right-hand man Bryan Hodgson and Alabama fan favorite Antoine Pettway on the bench. It is unclear what will become of Yasir Rosemond. He was recruiting with Oats, Hodgson, and Pettway as of a few days ago.

Some believed that former Arkansas head coach and Avery Johnson assistant John Pelphrey might be retained, but it is widely believed that he will be taking the head job at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The Golden Eagles were a sad 8-23 last season.

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Meanwhile in Nashville, Vanderbilt is set on hiring Jerry Stackhouse. The former NBA star has served as an NBA assistant and two seasons as a G-L head coach but has no college coaching experience. The Commodores signed him to a six year contract.

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Alabama's Oats finishes fourth in AP Coach of the Year voting

The Associated Press named Texas Tech’s Chris Beard men’s college basketball coach of the year on Thursday. Beard’s Red Raiders will compete in the Final Four this weekend in Minneapolis.

But new Alabama head coach Nate Oats also received votes for coach of the year.

Oats finished fourth in this year’s voting, which was submitted before the NCAA Tournament, by receiving five votes. The former Buffalo coach finished behind Beard (20), Houston’s Kelvin Sampson (13) and Wofford’s Mike Young (6) and ahead of Tennessee’s Rick Barnes (4).

Before taking the Crimson Tide job, Oats spent the last four seasons at Buffalo. This past year, Oats guided the Bulls to a 32-4 overall record and a 16-2 mark in conference play, leading the program to its second consecutive Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships. Buffalo was ranked for 20 weeks in the AP top 25 throughout the 2019 season, which marked the first time in school history the program had earned a national ranking.

Buffalo went on to climb as high as No. 14 in the nation, which was the highest ranking by any MAC team in the past 40 years. The 32 victories not only set a program record but was the most wins ever by any MAC program. Oats was also named the 2019 MAC Coach of the Year.

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Alabama basketball to compete in 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational

The Alabama men's basketball team will be one of eight teams that will compete in the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the tournament announced Wednesday morning. The event will take place on Nov. 23-25 at the historic Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

In addition to the Crimson Tide, other participants in the 37th annual edition of the event include Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

"Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational prides itself on bringing the best college basketball talent to the island of Maui," said Tournament Chairman Dave Odom in a release. "2020 is no different, with the Lahaina Civic Center hosting some of the game's most historic programs of all time."

This will mark Alabama's second appearance in the event. The only other showing occurred back in 2008 when UA finished with a 2-1 record, falling to Oregon in the opening round before finishing play with back-to-back wins over Chaminade and Saint Joseph's.

In fact, all eight teams in the 2020 field will be making a return appearance, including four squads from the 2008 field. In addition to Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas were among the eight teams that season.

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Hey, Coach: This time, it was Oats doing the toasting — New basketball coach promises culture change

New basketball coach Nate Oats made an appearance on “Hey Coach” at Baumhower’s last night. And, buddy, was the hyperkinetic head man spitting fire.

From demanding Bob’s staff tear down posters of Avery Johnson...

To knocking the team’s lack of conditioning and rudimentary skills level...

“Things were definitely a lot different,” Oats said at Baumhower’s Victory Grille. “The pace of play is nothing like any of them had been accustomed to. They were a little gassed and worn out. We’re not doing any conditioning, just the drills we’re running (laughs) at a little bit of a different pace than they’re used to doing. We were third in the country in offensive pace of play at Buffalo, we were ... first in transition points per game. We’re going to run that system.

To their accustomed effort...

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Alabama Basketball: Greg Byrne to be thorough but expedient in hoops hire

Greg Byrne said Monday he has no timeline on a new head coach hire for Alabama basketball and the reputation of the University would be in the forefront. Alabama basketball is making national headlines as Athletic Director, Greg Byrne searches for a new Crimson Tide head coach. Not much longer than 48 hours ago, conventional wisdom […] Alabama Basketball: Greg Byrne to be thorough but expedient in hoops hire - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Rick Pitino has interesting response to question about Alabama job

The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for a new head basketball coach now that Avery Johnson is on his way out with a settlement. Naturally, former Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been mentioned among the potential replacements.

When asked about the chatter, Pitino chose to once more proclaim he never did anything improper at Louisville (or anywhere else), rather than directly respond to that line of questioning.

“The only thing I can say with my broken record is that in my 30+ years as a head coach I’ve never cut a dirty deal or gave any improper benefits to any athletes,” Pitino said, per Adam Zagoria of the New York Times (on Twitter). “All you have to do is ask my over 30 assistants who have become head coaches or any player that has played for me.”

Pitino exited his job at Louisville in disgrace in 2017. During his watch, Louisville’s basketball team was involved in an escort sex scandal. Then he was implicated in a federal investigation into student athletes who received bribes, and he’s been accused of taking a ton of money from Adidas as part of that whole ordeal.

Needless to say, any school that even entertains Pitino is going to have some serious questions to answer, which is why it’s not all that surprising that he felt the need to answer a question about a job opening by defending his past.

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Crimson Tide Softball takes Two of Three at Texas A&M

“You can’t win them all.”
~ Connie Mack

No. 3 Crimson Tide finally succumbed to Lady Loss, dropping the finale of a three-game set in College Station. But fret not. This is softball. It is near impossible to go through a college softball undefeated. Despite the defeat, the real highlights came in the first two games in which Alabama pummeled the Aggies into a pair of run-rule games.

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Alabama 13 Texas A&M 3 (6 innings)

The balls were flying out of the park in the opener as four different Tide players went yard. Bailey Hemphill had a three run shot in the opening frame. Claire Jenkins smoked a solo four-bagger two innings later. Merris Schroder led off the fifth with a moonshot. And Skylar Wallace rounded out the scoring with a 3-RBI round-tripper in the sixth. Bama collected 12 hits on the night with every starter getting at least one hit and one run. Montana Fouts got her 12th win in 5 innings pitched yielding only 3 hits, two runs and 10 strikeouts.

SATURDAY

Alabama 11 Texas A&M 1 (5 innings)

One way to keep Alabama from getting so many hits is walking them (11) and committing errors (3). Game 2 was another short affair with the game halted after 5 innings for the Mercy rule after the Tide battered the Aggies with 11 runs on only 5 hits. Alabama was the beneficiary of one earned and three unearned runs in the first. The Tide tallied up two more home runs, one by Schroder to lead-off the third inning and one by GUESS WHO! Hemphill who stroked a grand slam (her second of the season) later in the same inning. The Aggs managed to push one across in the fourth but this Crimson Tide team has an amazing aptitude for striking back in the next frame after a foe scores and did so again in the top of the fifth for their 11th run on the day. Schroder was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI, HR, and a stolen base. Sarah Cornell (W, 12-0) went 4 and a third innings with Krystal Goodman getting the last two outs.

* 33-0 is the best start by any school in SEC history.

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Jumbo Package: Avery Johnson is out. So, who’s it going to be?

Happy Monday, everyone. The softball team came up just short of the national record for consecutive victories to open a season, losing on a game three walk-off in College Station. The ladies sit at 33-1 with a consensus top five ranking, though the rest of the SEC schedule is daunting. As Roger already told you, baseball took one of three from an excellent Arkansas squad, and the Gym Tide placed third at the SEC Championships and will move on to NCAA regionals, seeding to be announced today.

Of course, most of the buzz surrounds the now officially open men’s basketball coaching position.

Do you go for another veteran looking to get back in the game, a Fred Hoiberg or Thad Matta? Do you go the alumni route with Iowa State’s Steve Prohm? Do you try to raise enough money (see above under “buyout”) to convince a major college coach with a good gig to move? That’s a hard thing to do in college football or basketball, unless you are talking a Jimbo Fisher compensation package? Do you play what is, for want of a better term, Mid-Major Roulette?

Are there any guarantees with “the guy at Buffalo” (Nate Oats) or “the guy at Wofford” (Mike Young) or “the guy at Liberty” (Ritchie McKay)? Would they adjust well to the SEC, or would there be a learning curve and a chance of being in the same boat four years from now?

It would certainly be nice to get someone who has some staying power. Seems like only yesterday that people were buckling their seat belts for the first time. Cecil seemed to tease the fanbase a bit on Twitter last night.

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Alabama Baseball Loses To Arkansas

The Alabama Crimson Tide had a mixed bag of play over the weekend when the hosted eighth ranked Arkansas at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Razorbacks won on Friday night by a 12-3 score before the Tide bounced back for a 10-0 whitewashing on Saturday. With the series on the line the Hogs bounced back and dispensed of the Tide 10-2. Bama falls to 19-6 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. Arkansas improves to 20-4, 5-1 in the SEC. The Hogs are a legitimate College World Series contender, with talent up and down the roster.

Game One: Lost 12-3

Friday night matched Arkansas ace Isaiah Campbell against the Tides Sam Finnerty. Both have been outstanding all year, but with different styles. Campbell is a big, strong, downhill thrower at 6’4” 235 pounds. In 30 innings entering the game he had walked only four batters and struck out 44. Finnerty is a savvy, veteran, and relies more on guile than on overpowering stuff. While Campbell touches mid 90’s with his fastball, Finnerty is more likely to sit around the 88-91 mph with his fastball.

In his two seasons as the Tide’s Friday night Finnerty you can almost always count on five to seven solid innings, with the team still in the game when he exists. On Friday night the Razorbacks had a different idea. Sophomore right fielder, Heston Kjerstad, a Freshman All American last season, touched Finnerty for a first inning home run to give the Hogs an early 1-0 lead. Things fell apart in the top of the second inning when Arkansas used five singles, a double, and a hit batter to plate six runs and put the game out of reach early. Finnerty was hit for two more doubles and one run in the third, before gutting his way through the fourth inning before leaving, on the wrong end of an 8-0 deficit.

In the bottom of the fifth the Tide looked to make a game of it when they loaded the bases on a John Trousdale single, a walk to Kolby Robinson, and a single by Kobe Morris. A long fly out by Joe Breaux ended the threat. Casey Cobb relieved Finnerty and ate four important innings up, saving the bullpen for the rest of the series. In his final inning of work, Cobb gave up a two run home run to Jacob Nesbit to stretch the lead to 10-0. Freshman Dylan Smith pitched the ninth for the Tide and was touched for two runs on three hits.

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Avery Johnson reportedly out as head coach at Alabama

Avery Johnson, who spent seven years as an NBA head coach with the Mavericks and Nets, is no longer the head coach at Alabama, tweets Jeff Goodman of Stadium. Johnson had reportedly been negotiating a separation agreement with the university since Thursday, and a deal was announced today.

Johnson was mentioned as a possible replacement for Tyronn Lue in Cleveland when Lue was let go in October. Johnson mentored Cavs rookie point guard Collin Sexton during his lone year with the Crimson Tide and may have interest in renewing that relationship in the NBA.

The Cavaliers have said they will search for a long-term head coach once the season ends, and it’s not clear if current coach Larry Drew will be considered for the job.

Johnson spent four years at Alabama, compiling a 75-62 record with one NCAA Tournament appearance. He is 254-186 as an NBA head coach and took the Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006.

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Alabama Basketball: Greg Byrne has complicated options in coach search

Alabama basketball is at another crossroad and Greg Byrne is faced with a complicated set of options in hiring the next head coach. Alabama basketball fans want Athletic Director Greg Byrne to hire a game-changer for the Crimson Tide. A coach who can transform Alabama basketball from a currently NCAA Tournament also-ran to a frequent Sweet […] Alabama Basketball: Greg Byrne has complicated options in coach search - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Basketball: Tide B-Ball fans should be happy about one thing

College basketball is under duress from a widening FBI investigation. As a result, the NCAA is forced to act. Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson has kept the Tide clean. Probably not many Alabama basketball fans are closely following the FBI investigation into college basketball. The Crimson Tide program has not been implicated in any wrongdoing. Former […] Alabama Basketball: Tide B-Ball fans should be happy about one thing - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Basketball: Latest NCAA Bracket updates show beat Hogs or NIT

Alabama basketball teeters on the edge of the NCAA Tournament Bubble cliff with toes on the ground and heels hanging over the edge. On the day after another Alabama basketball collapse, the Crimson Tide is hanging on to a possible NCAA at-large bid. So say credible bracketologists or some of them anyway. Maybe a better […] Alabama Basketball: Latest NCAA Bracket updates show beat Hogs or NIT - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Major-conference tournament sleepers

There's still a little time left before college basketball's Championship Week, a pleasant prelude to the NCAA Tournament.

By now we know who the favorites are in the major conference tournaments: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. But what about the underdogs, teams on the bubble or those squads we still can't quite figure out? All have shown glimpses of being worthy of an invite to the Big Dance at some point this season but still likely have some work left to be done.

The college basketball postseason is one of the most exciting times of any sports season, and the conference tournaments get it all started. So here's a look at 10 major-conference sleepers or under-the-radar programs that might be poised for a deep or surprising run in their respective tournaments.

Alabama
The Crimson Tide are an NCAA Tournament bubble team at the moment, so a nice run during the SEC Tournament would reinforce their case. Alabama already has wins over Kentucky, Mississippi and Mississippi State, so it should not be intimidated by anyone. Plus, the Tide have an impressive one-two scoring punch in Kira Lewis Jr. and Donta Hall. Don't forget: It's also easy to get motivated to play for coach Avery Johnson, meaning Alabama is certainly a team to watch in the postseason.

Baylor 
It looked as if the Bears would be in trouble when big man Tristan Clark suffered a season-ending knee injury in early January. However, Baylor is 10-4 minus Clark, with wins over ranked Texas Tech and Iowa State. The Bears overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Texas in overtime this week, so it's possible they can be a factor in the Big 12 Tournament — especially, if 6-foot-7 swingman Mario Kegler stays hot.

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Alabama Basketball: Tide with SEC road win and most important is how

The Alabama basketball road win over South Carolina was important but even bigger was how the Crimson Tide won. After the game, Alabama basketball coach, Avery Johnson complimented South Carolina. Avery said the Gamecocks played like a NCAA Tournament team. The television announcers observed the second-half felt like a NCAA Tournament game. This season Alabama basketball […] Alabama Basketball: Tide with SEC road win and most important is how - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Basketball: Tuesday afternoon NCAA Brackets update

Alabama basketball clings precariously to a possible NCAA Tournament bid. Check out the latest projections from the top Bracketologists. They are all must-wins now as Alabama basketball has no margin for failure. A win tonight in Columbia, SC would boost the Tide’s chances. it would have another added benefit. If the SEC is to get […] Alabama Basketball: Tuesday afternoon NCAA Brackets update - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Alabama Basketball: Avery learns, we hope and Tide alive in NCAA Bubble

Has Avery Johnson come out of a long learning curve as Alabama basketball battles the Bubble Zone again while Tide fans watch and wonder? Avery Johnson may or may not have learned something from the Vanderbilt win. Only eight members of the Alabama basketball squad played against the Dores. One of those players, Daniel Giddens […] Alabama Basketball: Avery learns, we hope and Tide alive in NCAA Bubble - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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