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Happy St. Patty's Day, y'all. A few links to get you through the work day...

Auburn fans.
Auburn fans.
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As you might imagine, plenty of folks are weighing on on the University's decision to change men's basketball coaches. Wimp Sanderson gave his thoughts to local station WVUA. The video is twelve minutes, but worth the listen:

Murray State's Ward: Alabama has not asked to speak with Prohm - WPSD Local 6: Your news, weather, and sports authority

Murray State athletics director Allen Ward said Monday no one from Alabama has reached out to him to ask for permission to speak with Prohm – although that is a courtesy and not a requirement. Prohm and his Murray State team will host UTEP in the opening round of the NIT Tuesday night at 8:00pm.

Welcome news for those who would prefer that the Tide look elsewhere for the next head basketball coach. General consensus among the RBR readership seems to be that Prohm has work left to do before being considered for a bigger job.

Alabama names assistant as interim basketball coach after Anthony Grant fired | AL.com

"Yesterday was a very emotional day and still is for our entire team and for our coaching staff," Brannen said on Monday's SEC coaches teleconference. "Let me say this, our loyalty as a coaching staff is to coach Grant. I'm on the phone with you today because coach had asked us to continue to push forward, that the young men wanted to play in the NIT. So that's what I'm doing."

Interesting quote. Sounds like Brannen hopes to follow Grant wherever he lands. Maybe the players will rally around him and make a run in the NI... nah, couldn't even finish that. I'm afraid we are going to get smoked.

Bruce Pearl 'disappointed' for Anthony Grant after firing from Alabama

"I understand that you've got to go to the NCAA Tournament," Pearl said prior to a meeting of the Birmingham Tip Off Club Monday afternoon. "I understand you got to energize a fan base. This is not a profession where I guess good is good enough. I hate to see it as a member of the coaching fraternity."

Thanks for your input, Bruce. Now get back to planning your barbecue.

Anthony Grant Alabama Basketball Commits React to Firing

After Dazon Ingram’s decommitment from the Capstone Monday morning following the firing of head coach Anthony Grant, Donta’ Hall and Brandon Austin are the two remaining signees for 2015. The two players had similar reactions to the news. "We were all surprised," Austin’s coach James Jackson said. "He (Austin) definitely was (surprised) I know. It’s just mixed emotions right now. You hear one minute he (Grant) is going to be there next year, and the next minute it’s different.

While it's infinitely more important to make the right hire than a fast hire, getting the next man in place within a reasonable time frame would do wonders for this year's recruiting class. Any time you have a coaching change there will be attrition, but you want to keep it to a minimum when possible.

No. 2 TE Kaden Smith has Alabama and Stanford on top - SBNation.com

As for Alabama, the 6'5, 235-pounder has a tie to the school because his older sister goes to school in Tuscaloosa. But Smith also likes the offense run by Lane Kiffin, especially the willingness to use more tight ends as he continues to stockpile them for the Crimson Tide.

Kaden Smith is a legit, top-shelf talent at the TE position. Would love to see him in Crimson.

Alabama football players plan safe spring break, but 'can't go around walking in fear' | AL.com

Center Ryan Kelly said Nick Saban reminded players they were held to a higher standard when trouble comes. "So worst-case scenario, you just walk away, bite the bullet, I guess," said Kelly, who plans to head south to the beaches for his last spring break. "A lot of guys, we haven't had a whole lot of problems around here, but things do happen. It's always a nerve-racking thing for those guys, I guess."

Sad that this is the world we live in, but good to hear that the players are considering their safety and the impact that their celebrity status has on it as they enjoy spring break.

Alabama spring football -- QBs: Could someone challenge Coker for top spot?

It's tough to say who will be Coker's biggest challenger, but if forced to, Bateman would be the most likely choice. Morris will certainly factor into the competition. He has a big arm and years of experience in Tide coach Nick Saban's system. But Bateman put together an impressive spring last year, including a strong A-Day performance. If he were to win the job, Bateman could potentially be a three-year starter like AJ McCarron was. Still, Morris shouldn't be counted out. With very few people publicly picking him to win the job, there's a chance he could be what Sims was last year.

Oh, look. More QB #HotTakes.

Poll: What's The Greatest Play In Alabama Football History?

We’re taking the debate out of the barrooms and to the one place that solves every debate – the internet. Beginning today, BamaHammer will launch the Bama Bracket Madness to decide the greatest football play in the history of Crimson Tide football.

Fun discussion for the offseason. Yeah, it's a little boring right now, y'all.

Baseball to Host Samford on Tuesday Evening - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Alabama returns home for a single game against in-state foe Samford University inside Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are set for a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch on SECN+.

FOLLOW THE TIDE Fans can watch/follow this weekend's games via the below outlets:

Gametracker: RollTide.com

Listen: 99.1 FM

Web: SEC Network+

Twitter: @AlabamaBSB

Should be a beautiful night for baseball.