Troubled 'Bama programturns to one of its own

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Shula certainly got Brodie Croyle's attention on his first day as Alabama's football coach.

"You can look in his eyes and tell how hungry he is and how much he wants this job and how much he wants to succeed," said Croyle, Alabama's quarterback. "That's three-fourths of it."

Alabama hired Shula on Thursday, turning to one of its own to rebuild a program battered by NCAA sanctions and embarrassing scandals. The former Crimson Tide quarterback, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, replaces Mike Price, fired Saturday for off-the-field behavior before coaching his first game.

The 37-year-old Shula has spent 15 years as an NFL assistant, including the past three as the Miami Dolphins' quarterbacks coach. He has no experience as a head coach or on a college staff.

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