The writing was on the wall for Crimson Tide head coach Mark Gottfried. Monday, the University of Alabama made it official by announcing that the longtime coach had resigned.
Of course there is no way that Gottfried actually resigned, given the increasingly woeful state of the Alabama program.
Last week Senior Guard Ronald Steele left the team, citing a chronic foot injury that he felt was limiting his play. Steele was the face of the program and one of the best players in college basketball two years ago prior to blowing out his knee. There are multiple reports claiming that Steele and Gottfried were feuding.
The Tide are 12-7 overall and just 2-3 in the SEC despite having some decent talent. Alabama has been inconsistent throughout the past two seasons under Gottfried, who complied 210-131 record during his 11 seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama made the NCAA tournament from 2002 to 2006 under Gottfried but was hurt the early departures of several underclassman.
Former assistant Phil Pearson will coach the Tide for the remainder of the season.