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phil4bama
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Emerald Coast of PCB
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Womens team didn’t get a ticket to The Dance

Time to show Curry the door? I’m all for it. She’s done a good job getting us back to respectable and competitive but she’s had plenty of time to build a solid foundation that produces consistent success, not consistent mediocrity. It’s time to move on and take the next step back to challenging the top teams in this league, not getting curb stomped. Fire Curry.


Bryant91092
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I don’t see us firing her after how we ended the season and I assume going to the WNIT again.


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TomRollTideRitter
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I’m all for not accepting mediocrity, but I’d say it’s more likely the program goes back to being a bottom feeder than takes the next step.

WBB is simply not a big deal at UA. It’s probably the #6 sport here vs the #4 or even #3 sport at a lot of SEC schools.

Is there any reason we should be good at WBB?


Bama Bird
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Is there anyone who would be remotely interested in this job? One that is for sure better than Curry? We are without question a bottom-tier program- landing Curry in the first place was something of a miracle


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hnds2th
Arizona
Member since May 2019
2056 posts

Agree with the others Just don’t see who else we could hire to make an immediate impact.

It’s like baseball, the team started in such a hole and climbing out in a competitive league is difficult.

Curry has the team at a respectable level, with the occasional upset and tournament appearance, that may be our ceiling.


Alabama_Fan
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Alabama Women's Basketball Selected for 2022 WNIT (SI)

The Crimson Tide will be participating in the tournament for the first time since 2018.

The date, time and opponent for Alabama will be announced on Monday. As of the writing of this story, the full field of teams has been announced, but no matchups have been set.


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phil4bama
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You guys give up too easily. I’m not settling for mediocrity. Alabama was going deep in the tournament when Rick Moody was the coach. One of his former players is at Shelton State kicking arse and taking names in Madonna Thompson. Bring her home, give her a chance. Yes, it’s a gamble but we aren’t going anywhere if we don’t change something.


Alabama_Fan
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UhOhOreo
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Los Angeles
Member since Jul 2014
823 posts

Women's basketball isn't really important enough to fire a coach.


Chad4Bama
Alabama Fan
Member since Sep 2020
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1- Football

2- Men's Basketball

3- Women's Gymnastics

4- Women's Softball

5- Men's Baseball

6- Women's Basketball


1LoudTideFan
Alabama Fan
Member since May 2008
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Curry has steadily but slowly improved every year. This year being the first step backward. Covid and injuries early hurt the team and they lost a few games they should have won.

They will be back in the tourney next year. Solid group returning.

Curry isn’t winning a title but the lack of fan support won’t allow the admin spend big bucks to get a proven winner.

And to think Dawn Staley openly campaigned for the job before landing at USC. What could’ve been.


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SECSolomonGrundy
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Member since Jun 2012
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1- Football

2- Men's Basketball

3- Women's Gymnastics

4- Women's Softball

5- Men's Baseball

6- Women's Basketball



Probably need to put Men's Golf up there, probably 5th. They've won a natty or two. Women's Golf is much more competitive than women's basketball.

Also one of our most famous athletes is Justin Thomas. He's more popular than any of our basketball alumni and probably only exceeded by a few of our football stars.



Crimson77
Member since Dec 2019
556 posts

Curry got the team back in the tournament for the first time in 20 years last season.

She's not an amazing coach, but for a program of our caliber she's good. It would be hard to get an upgrade, we'd have to swing on high upside which means the most likely outcome is it fails.

Let her keep rolling. Her big picture trajectory with the program is moving in the positive direction.


crimsontater
Alabama Fan
Trenton GA
Member since Dec 2009
3443 posts

so that maybe in 10 more years she can get the ladies to the 2nd round of the ncaat? once? geez...why not just fire her and hire someone at half or less of her salary and call it a day for womens bball.


Crimson77
Member since Dec 2019
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why not just fire her and hire someone at half or less of her salary and call it a day for womens bball.


Easy to say that from the comfort of your recliner. Most people don't care about women's athletics... I get it. How many people actually like softball and gymnastics? Or do we just like that they wear the script A and win so we can brag about it? If not many people care, why should the University care? Spend the money elsewhere on sports like Football or Baseball.

The reality is that the University has to show some degree of care and support for women's athletics. It's important for many reasons: including legal ones, like Title IX. Not showing adequate or comparable support for women's athletics can open up the University to a lot of liability (for reference, I practice law in an area that touches upon a lot of this, I have been engaged in litigation with women's athletics programs at universities). It's also important for PR and press: nobody wants their school to be labeled sexist or discriminatory in the state news paper. You also have to worry about donations. While you may not think about it, most university's have at least a few large donors who take on more obscure athletics programs, like women's basketball, as their passion project. Perhaps very wealthy women alumni with an interest in promoting women's empowerment and similar issues, a man with daughters who love basketball and thinks about these things, or just a B-tier donor who can't have the longest swinging stick in the football world but can for a sport like women's basketball.

There are a lot of factors that prevent the university from just throwing in the towel. The only justifiable way to fire Curry at this point would be to go in the opposite direction. Double down on women's basketball, go poach a high level coach, and throw a bunch of money into the program. Similar to what LSU did.


mistaken4193
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19941 posts




This is sad/cringey


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PCRammer
Alabama Fan
1725 Slough Avenue in Scranton, PA
Member since Jan 2014
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Justin Thomas. He's more popular than any of our basketball alumni and probably only exceeded by a few of our football stars.


I hope Spree doesnt hear you say that...gonna get backhanded.


JustGetItRight
Alabama Fan
Member since Jan 2012
14995 posts

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I’m not settling for mediocrity. Alabama was going deep in the tournament when Rick Moody was the coach.


That’s not exactly true.

He started strong making the final four in his fifth season and four straight sweet 16s after that but then the roller coaster topped the hill. One final NCAA, 3 WNITs, and 3 post season misses to end the career. He also had an overall losing conference record and finished in the bottom half of the conference in 9 of his 16 seasons.

On the court, Moody’s time at Bama looked very much like Mark Gottfried’s. Tell me he liked playing golf with sorority members and they’re a perfect comparison.


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Alabama_Fan
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Member since Sep 2020
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How many people actually like softball and gymnastics?

I don’t disagree with your sentiments about WBB - and especially agree with the notion that the only reason to make a change is if you’re going to double down on elevating the program.

Although not on the attendance scale of football (what is?), Bama fans have shown a tremendous amount of support for women’s athletics. Softball is home to the largest on-campus softball facility in the NCAA and has already sold out multiple games through the pre conference schedule this year. I believe all the SEC weekend games are also sold out. Gymnastics attendance has dipped in recent years but Bama lead the nation in attendance for many years, including Coleman Coliseum sellouts that were the largest ever crowd to watch a college gymnastics meet. The atmosphere for both of those can be incredibly exciting.

I think the fan support would be there for WBB if it wasn’t so torturous (at times) to watch. For long stretches of the season, it’s been just plain bad basketball. Hard to watch even on line. It was at rock bottom when she came, but I’m not sure Curry can elevate the program any higher than it currently is. But I do trust Greg Byrne to do what he thinks is best for the WBB program and for the athletes who wear the script A.



JustGetItRight
Alabama Fan
Member since Jan 2012
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why not just fire her and hire someone at half or less of her salary and call it a day for womens bball.


Already been done. See Hudson, Wendell 2008-2013.

Careful though, it’s a snuff film.


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