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Tide have struggled to find the right coach

After the Crimson Tide's 10 years of NCAA probation, infighting and bad hiring decisions, the Alabama name doesn't carry the same weight it once did, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: November 28, 2006, 1:46 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

After a week in which Alabama forced head coach Mike Shula to the edge of the plank, the university pushed him off Sunday night, firing the former Crimson Tide quarterback after four seasons. Athletic director Mal Moore made the formal announcement on Monday afternoon.

Shula took an impossible job, replacing a scandalized Mike Price in May 2003. He went 26-23 while trying to rebuild a roster depleted by NCAA penalties. Shula, hired by Alabama despite his lack of head coaching experience, ...

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