'Bama Basketball Coach Quits

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Mark Gottfried has quit as basketball coach at Alabama.

The school said Monday he resigned and assistant Phillip Pearson
will take over immediately as interim head coach.

Gottfried was in his 11th year at Alabama. The Tide's record
this year is 12-7, including 2-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
Gottfried's teams have missed the NCAA tournament the last two

The coach has been criticized over the recent departure of star
guard Ronald Steele, who skipped the end of his senior season. The
school cited an injury, but Steele said there was more to his
decision than that.