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Alabama Crimson Tide football
Head coach
4 season, 10–23 (.303)
Stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
Division West
All-time record 764–308–43 (.704)
Bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors Crimson and White[1]

Alabama Crimson Tide football under Mike Shula covers the history of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide college football team during the period from when Mike Shula was hired as head coach in 2003 through his firing in 2006. Under Shula, Alabama played as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and was member of the of the West Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Crimson Tide played its home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. During the four years Shula served as head football coach, Alabama has compiled an overall record of ten wins and 23 losses (10–23, for a winning percentage of .303[A 1]) and played in two bowl games during his tenure.[A 2]



After he led the 2002 team to a 10–3 record, on December 6, 2002, Dennis Franchione resigned as Alabama's head coach and accepted the same position at Texas A&M.[3] Eleven days after the Franchione resignation, Washington State head coach Mike Price was hired as his replacement.[4] Price served as the Crimson Tide's head coach through the end of spring practice in April 2003. After repeated warning about some of his off-the-field behavior, on May 3, 2003, university president Robert Witt announced the firing of Price effective immediately as the head coach of the Crimson Tide.[5] After the dismissal of Price, Alabama interviewed three candidates to serve as his successor: Sylvester Croom, Richard Williamson and Mike Shula.[6] On May 9, 2003, Alabama hired Mike Shula as their fourth head coach in four years.[6][7]

First season[edit]

American football players near the end zone near the goal line.
The Crimson Tide defeated Southern Miss 17–3 on homecoming.

After Shula completed his staff in late May, attention turned to the season that started in August.[8] Alabama opened the season with a 40–17 victory over South Florida for Shula's first victory in his first game as head coach of the Crimson Tide.[9] The game against the Bulls was played at Legion Field, and it was noted for being the final one ever played by the Crimson Tide at the Birmingham landmark as the home team.[10] The next week, Alabama played No. 1 ranked Oklahoma and nearly pulled off the upset but lost 20–13 in Tuscaloosa.[11] The Crimson Tide rebounded the next week with a 27–17 win over Kentucky for Shula's first SEC win, but they followed the win with a 19–12 loss against Northern Illinois.[12][13]

NFL draftees[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player name Position NFL team
2004 2 14 46 Smiley, JustinJustin Smiley Offensive guard San Francisco 49ers
2 25 57 Odom, AntwanAntwan Odom Defensive end Tennessee Titans
6 6 171 Luke, TriandosTriandos Luke Wide receiver Denver Broncos
7 21 222 Pope, DerrickDerrick Pope Linebacker Miami Dolphins
2005 3 15 79 Mathis, EvanEvan Mathis Offensive guard Carolina Panthers
5 28 164 Britt, WesleyWesley Britt Offensive tackle San Diego Chargers
6 4 178 Bryant, AnthonyAnthony Bryant Defensive tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7 21 235 Wortham, CorneliusCornelius Wortham Linebacker Seattle Seahawks
2006 2 1 33 Ryans, DeMecoDeMeco Ryans Linebacker Houston Texans
2 11 43 Harper, RomanRoman Harper Safety New Orleans Saints
3 21 85 Croyle, BrodieBrodie Croyle Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs
5 25 158 Peprah, CharlieCharlie Peprah Defensive back New York Giants
5 26 159 Anderson, MarkMark Anderson Defensive end Chicago Bears
2007 4 38 137 McClain, Le'RonLe'Ron McClain Fullback Baltimore Ravens
7 36 246 Darby, KennethKenneth Darby Running back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7 45 255 Robinson, RamzeeRamzee Robinson Cornerback Detroit Lions


All-time assistant coaches[edit]

Coach Position Alma mater Years served
Ball, ChrisChris Ball Secondary Missouri Western State 2003–2006
Connelly, BobBob Connelly Offensive line Texas A&M–Commerce 2003–2006
Harbison, CharlieCharlie Harbison Wide receiver Gardner–Webb 2003–2006
Kines, JoeJoe Kines Defensive coordinator Jacksonville State 2003–2006
Rader, DavidDavid Rader Offensive coordinator Tulsa 2003–2006
Randolph, PaulPaul Randolph Defensive line Tennessee–Martin 2003–2005
Turner, DavidDavid Turner Defensive ends Davidson 2006
Ungerer, DaveDave Ungerer Special teams, tight ends Southern Connecticut State 2003–2006
Woods, SparkySparky Woods Running backs Carson–Newman 2003–2006
Wyatt, BuddyBuddy Wyatt Defensive line TCU 2003–2006



  1. ^ Shula's record at the conclusion of the 2005 season was ten wins and two losses (10–2, 6–2 SEC) and six wins and six losses (6–6, 2–6 SEC) in 2006. In March 2009, the NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate 16 victories due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions discovered during the 2007 season for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. As the penalty to vacate victories does not result in a loss (or forfeiture) of the affected contests or award a victory to the opponent, the official NCAA record for these years are 0–2 and 0–6 respectively.[2]
  2. ^ In March 2009, the NCAA ruled Alabama to vacate its 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic victory due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions discovered during the 2007 season. After an unsuccessful appeal to the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, the 2006 Cotton Bowl Classic victory was officially vacated. As the penalty to vacate the victory did not result in a loss (or forfeiture) of the contest or award a victory to the opponent, Texas Tech still counts the game as a loss in its overall records.[2]


  1. ^ The University of Alabama Graphic Standards 2017–18 (PDF). April 12, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Alabama's penalty from '09 ruling stands". Associated Press. March 23, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lutz, Michael A. (December 6, 2002). "Franchione introduced as new Texas A&M coach". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Meehan, Jim (December 18, 2002). "Price is right for Alabama". The Spokesman-Review. Google News Archives. p. A1. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (May 4, 2003). "Price fired as coach of Alabama football". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Zenor, John (May 8, 2003). "Bama to name Shula new coach". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Battista, Judy (May 9, 2003). "Alabama decides to hire Mike Shula as its coach". The New York Times. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bama hires Harbison". TimesDaily. Google News Archives. May 28, 2003. p. 3C. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Williams ensures Shula era gets off to good start". Associated Press. August 30, 2003. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ Wasson, David (August 20, 2004). "Legion Field carries plenty of memories". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. p. C1. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Two long TD passes and a fake punt the keys". Associated Press. September 6, 2003. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Alabama 27, Kentucky 17". Associated Press. September 13, 2003. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ "NIU snaps 0–8 losing streak against SEC". Associated Press. September 20, 2003. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Draft History by School–Alabama". National Football League. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2012. pp. 202–203.