|Alabama Crimson Tide football|
4 season, 10–23 (.303)
|All-time record||764–308–43 (.704)|
|Bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
|Colors||Crimson and White
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. Eleven days after the Franchione resignation, Washington State head coach Mike Price was hired as his replacement. 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. After the dismissal of Price, Alabama interviewed three candidates to serve as his successor: Sylvester Croom, Richard Williamson and Mike Shula. On May 9, 2003, Alabama hired Mike Shula as their fourth head coach in four years.
After Shula completed his staff in late May, attention turned to the season that started in August. 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. 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. The next week, Alabama played No. 1 ranked Oklahoma and nearly pulled off the upset but lost 20–13 in Tuscaloosa. 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.
All-time assistant coaches
|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|
- 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.
- 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.
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