Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Greg Byrne has had an eventful first three months as Alabama's athletic director. Byrne made a seemingly tough decision in firing a baseball coach after one season and a no-brainer, too: striking a new deal with football coach Nick Saban. In between, he has attended plenty of Bama sporting events -- and countless meetings -- and squeezed in a few get-to-know-you rounds of golf with boosters and speaking engagements. Byrne is preparing for his first Southeastern Conference spring meetings since taking over at Alabama on March 1. He already opted to make one coaching change in an otherwise flourishing athletic program. He fired Greg Goff on Wednesday, taking
ORANGE, Calif. — Coach LaVar Ball took it on the chin Saturday. Ball’s AAU basketball team — the Big Ballers, which feature his son LaMelo, a high school star from Chino Hills — lost 109-57 to the Compton Magic. And the Compton Magic did something almost unthinkable — they silenced Ball. Not for long, mind you, but for all to see inside a boisterous Orange Lutheran High School at the Magic Memorial Day Festival in Southern California. When one of the Magic’s players scored on a thunderous dunk to put Compton ahead by 50 points the crowd erupted, and Ball, who’d been talking almost non-stop since tipoff, could only grin. A few minutes later, Ball opened his mouth again and told one of his players,
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