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Bama still looking for coach who’ll ‘fit’

After Rich Rodriguez turned down Thursday’s offer to run The University of Alabama’s football program, The University is looking again for a coach who would be a good fit in the job once held by Bear Bryant.

We are not exactly sure what “they” meant when “they” said coach Rodriguez would have been a good fit.

A good fit used to mean that a coach had to be of lineage of the House of Bryant. But Gene Stallings, even with a national championship and being one of “Bear’s Boys,” didn’t fit after seven years.

Coach Rod, as he’s called, decided not to leave The University of West Virginia where he played for the Mountaineers. Whether his decision stemmed from loyalty to West Virginia or doubts about Alabama, or both, is not important at this point.

Nor does it matter that whoever eventually takes the job will be second choice (or maybe third or fourth). What matters now is that Alabama not lower its standards and keep looking for a good football coach and one who will represent The University well.

Had “they” asked us, we would have suggested retaining Mike Shula for at least another year. The young coach brought the Crimson Tide through the most difficult period in school history. Now he leaves a 6-6 team for the next coach that easily could have gone 10-2.

Expectations are high at Alabama. Athletics director Mal Moore must find someone with the prospect of winning another national championship and a good chance of winning a few games over the guys with their thumb in the air.

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