October 11, 2007

Gottfried prepares Tide for challenging season

As Alabama head basketball coach Mark Gottfried enters his tenth season coaching at his alma mater, he faces a number of challenges for the upcoming season. But there's one challenge that Gottfried most likely will not have to face this season: high expectations.

"We've got a long way to go," said Gottfried on Thursday as he met with the media prior to Alabama's first team practice of the year. "I've got a lot of concerns in regard to how good we can be. I think a lot of things would have to happen right for us to have a really good season and one of those things being no more injuries. Without Ron Steele in there you don't feel like you can afford another player not being able to play.

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