Crimson Tide have fallen out of NCAA picture

Updated: April 11, 2005, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Middle Tennessee State coach Stephany Smith was hired as Alabama head coach Monday.

Smith replaces Rick Moody, who retired after 16 seasons. The Crimson Tide, once one of the Southeastern Conference's top programs, hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 1999.

Smith posted a 153-88 record in eight seasons with Middle Tennessee State, leading the Lady Raiders to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

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