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Breaking News: Eugene Harris - Out at UA

July 07, 2006

WVUA's Gary Harris reports that assistant basketball coach Eugene Harris is no longer with the Alabama Men's Basketball Team. It is unknown at this time, whether Harris resigned or was fired.


Eugene Harris

Assistant Coach

Eugene Harris has been hired as assistant men’s basketball coach, effective immediately, at the University of Alabama.

“Eugene brings experience, having been in the ACC and SEC for 17 years,” said Gottfried whose staff had a position become available when Orlando Early was hired as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe on April 11th. “As a Scottsboro, Alabama native, his relationships with coaches in this state and the southeast are invaluable.  He has always been part of building a winner, and I am confident he will add to the success we have had here at Alabama.  I have known Eugene for more than 20 years and have always been impressed by his demeanor.  He is professional and driven and has a warmth and sincerity that all combine for the makings of a great college coach.  He defines the word “class”.  He has recruited and produced a number of NBA players and has been instrumental in their development as people as well as players. He has a 90 percent graduation rate of the players he’s personally recruited. He will be a great asset on the bench as well as in practice with his maturity and experience in game situations.”

Harris, 50, has coached basketball at all levels, as a junior high coach in Florida, as a head coach at Pelham High School in Pelham, Ga., and at Rickard High School in Tallahassee, Fla., and on the collegiate level at the University of South Alabama, as assistant coach at Clemson from 1984-94 and as an assistant coach at Auburn from 1994 until 2001 when he was named assistant athletics director for special projects.

Anyone else remember the Eugene was supposedly let go from :au: by Jacobs and many in Tuscaloosa wondered loudly if it was racially motivated? When he was hired by Bama it was almost a given he was going to "spill the beans on :au: "

Seems that Gottfreid/Moore may have seen the same things Jacobs did.

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