#8216;Bama needs mansion for coaches

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 14, 2006

On a drive down University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa, you may notice the beautiful, white mansion located across from Denny Chimes.

This mansion, reserved for the school president, has been a vital part of the university for many years and has housed some of the greatest leaders in school history.

While the school president at most schools should have a mansion to call their own, so too should the head football coach at the University of Alabama.

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Perhaps no other place in the world has as many unused, multi-million dollar homes as Tuscaloosa has and that is thanks, in part, to the last four head football coaches and the school administration.

After Dennis Franchione replaced Mike Dubose and then left town shortly after for Texas A&M, Mike Price moved in Franchione's old house, but not for long since the coach didn't know how to behave and was fired before coaching a single game.

Mike Shula reportedly built himself a lavish house last year, and that one too will soon be vacated.

So why not build a home for the current head coach to occupy?

Just think about. The paint on the outside of the house could be in the houndstooth pattern.

When someone rings the doorbell, that annoying elephant &#8220REEEEeeeeeee” sound effect could blast through the house.

The bathrooms would be equipped with crimson bidets, since toilet paper would be too reminding of the trees being rolled five straight years at Toomer's Corner in Auburn.

Also, each room would have its own, unique Daniel Moore painting.

The living room would have the George Teague interception picture from the 1992 national championship game because ‘Bama fans have been living off that game ever since and the kitchen would have the goal line stand picture because fans have been feeding off the Bear's legacy ever since.

With the current losing streak to Auburn and the revolving head coaching door, Alabama coaches truly need a place they can call home.

Austin Phillips is The Greenville Advocate sports editor. He can be reached at 382-3111 ext. 122, by fax at 382-7104 or by e-mail at austin.phillips@greenvilleadvcate.com