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Former Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff lasted only one season with the Crimson Tide.

Alabama baseball: Greg Goff fired after one season

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at the decision to fire baseball coach Greg Goff.

Greg Goff lasted 341 days as the head coach of the Alabama baseball team.

Goff was fired on Wednesday after reports that he told as many as 10 players that their scholarships would not be renewed, violating NCAA regulations. While the NCAA rules violations never came to fruition, Goff had lost significant backing from players, parents and university alumni. Goff was let go “without cause,” meaning he is due more than $1 million over the course of his contract.

The decision to fire Goff is the first major move by new athletic director Greg Byrne, and one that became unavoidable when it became clear that the players he’d prefer to leave behind would not be losing their spots. Now, he has to back up his boldness with a new hire that will bring a long-suffering program back to the prominence it once enjoyed. As Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News noted, Byrne and his new hire will face an uphill battle in a recruiting landscape that doesn’t favor Alabama, with no scholarship supplements coming from lotteries or university waivers.

If you’re willing to pay, here’s a list of seven potential candidates to replace Goff. Chandler Rome of the Anniston Star apportions some of the blame to the 11.7 scholarship restriction that baseball teams face, and names five other candidates for the job. 

Byrne did oversee successful makeovers of baseball programs at each of his previous two stops: Arizona and Mississippi State, both of which are regular College World Series attendees. At Alabama, some of the work has been done for him — the Crimson Tide has a brand new $45 million stadium. Now, it needs a team to fill it.

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Built by Bama

Cyrus Kouandjio was released by the Buffalo Bills after making seven starts in two seasons. He was released with a non-football injury designation, stemming from a hip surgery he had to undergo after injuring himself in a home accident in January. He’ll likely be picked up by some team in need of depth on the offensive line. In the meantime, he was baptized in Lake Erie.

For happier news, read this outstanding profile of Glen Coffee during his attempted return to the NFL.

Around the Capstone

The softball team’s three-game Super Regional at Florida begins on Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Alabama will be buoyed by its pitching staff’s ‘strong record against Florida,’ as Tommy Deas of The Tuscaloosa News wrote. Florida is the top seed in the postseason, with a 53-7 record, with SEC losses to Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

Erin Routliffe lost in the first round of the NCAA singles tournament but remains one-half of Alabama’s doubles pair with Maddie Pothoff. Routliffe won the NCAA doubles championship with Maya Jansen two seasons ago.

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