Mark Gottfried resigns as Alabama head basketball coach

Alabama head basketball coach Mark Gottfried resigned Monday after a disappointing start to the 2008 basketball season.

In a statement from the University, Gottfried says:

"My number one priority is to do what is best for the University of Alabama, this basketball program, and these young men. Mal and I sat down today and we talked. At that point, I notified him of my intention to resign as head coach of the men's basketball program. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity and the privilege to lead our men's basketball program at Alabama for the past 10 and a half seasons. It has been a wonderful decade for me and my family, and I love the University of Alabama, but I feel that it is in the best interests of everyone involved. I want to thank our players, their families, our coaching staff and their families, and our great fans for all of their support over these last 11 seasons."

Gottfried, who was hired in 1998 as Alabama's head coach, is 210-131 overall in his 11 seasons. He led the Crimson Tide to a 12-7 start (2-3 conference) for the current season.

He replaced David Hobbs as Alabama’s head coach in April 1998 and took Alabama to five consecutive NCAA tournaments beginning in 2002, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2004.

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