The “Road to Saban” series continues with Mike Shula‘s return to Alabama in 2003 after Mike Price‘s abrupt firing. Cecil Hurt and Ben Jones are joined by Taylor Watson, curator of the Bryant Museum, to discuss the final head coach between Paul W. “Bear” Bryant and Nick Saban. Shula took over a program with significant NCAA sanctions and a recent off-field scandal with no head coaching experience. He won 10 games in 2005 but was fired in 2006.
From Cecil Hurt in 2006: Does Alabama have the best coach it can have?
“Road to Saban”
Episode 1: End of the Bryant Era
Episode 2: The Ray Perkins Era
Episode 3: Bill Curry’s 3 Alabama seasons
Episode 4: Gene Stallings returns Alabama to the top
Episode 5: Mike DuBose makes mistakes
Episode 6: Dennis Franchione arrives; the NCAA hits hard
Episode 7: Mike Price’s hiring and firing
Episode 8: Mike Shula returns under dire circumstances (above)
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