Athletic Director Bill Battle is expected to begin at 11:00 Central Time, then Coach Johnson will give his remarks and take questions. Sadly, we cannot imbed the livestream, but the link is here (or copy and paste: http://www.rolltide.com/collegesportslive/?media=494476.) The conference will also be live on SEC Network and SECN+This page will be updated throughout the event, and we'll hit the highlights after the conference. In the meanwhile, kick back and relax.
For those on the fence about the hire, win or lose, you will like Coach Johnson's demeanor. Those expecting bland coach-speak and an uninspired presence are in for a shock:
Avery Johnson, "What was YOUR impression?", 15 June, 2006
In this press conference (following game 4 of the 2006 NBA Finals vs. the Miami Heat), reporter Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News asks Johnson a question about a particular referee call. The question could be perceived as a deliberate attempt to bait Johnson into commenting about the game’s questionable officiating. Avery Johnson attempts to have the journalist make this point without him having to actually criticize the refs. If Johnson would have done so himself he’d surely be fined by the NBA. The reporter attempts to avoid giving the answer he was initially looking for himself, chokes, stutters and chooses not to mention the referees after all. By the way, the refs did make some questionable calls and Dwyane Wade went to the foul line an astounding 97 times in that series.