Gottfried To Be On ESPN

Alabama Men's Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried is scheduled to be a guest on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday. The show is scheduled to air, live, at 9:30 a.m. CT. It is hosted by Bob Ley and will be taped in New Orleans.

The topic of Sunday's show is the NCAA's new Academic Reform policy.

Gottfried, who is in New Orleans attending the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention and the NCAA Final Four, was selected as a guest on the show last year when the topic was high school players' eligibility in the NBA draft.

A former starting guard at Alabama who helped his team advance to three straight NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 1985, 1986 and 1987 Gottfried was also an Academic All-Southeastern Conference Award winner. As a coach he has continued to place heavy emphasis on academics and graduation to his Alabama players and Tide basketball players have an an exceptional academic record.

In 2001, Alabama produced a program record five Academic All-SEC players, including three starters. All five of his seniors graduated by that spring as did both seniors last spring on his 2002 team. In 2003, four of his players won the SEC academic award, all four of whom have been starters this season, including 2002 SEC Player of the Year Erwin Dudley, Kenny Walker, Terrance Meade and Earnest Shelton. All three of his senior players, Dudley, Walker and Meade, are on track to graduate by summer's end, two in May. The show is scheduled to air again on ESPN2 at 12:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.

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