Moore Says Evaluation Continuing

In statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the University of Alabama said that neither Director of Athletics Mal Moore or Crimson Tide Head Football Coach Mike Shula would speak about the coach's future until after the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

In the statement Moore said, "As is customary at the end of the regular season, we are evaluating our football program."

But while the evaluation might indeed be customary, the circumstances are not. Speculation brought about by the Tide's 6-6 regular season, including losses in the last three games, have media and fans wondering if Shula's future is safe at Alabama.

No University of Alabama official has definitive stated that Shula will be the head coach of the Crimson Tide in 2007, and Moore and UA President Robert Witt have refused media interview requests in recent days.

Credible reports have said Shula's status as head coach is being evaluated by Moore and Witt, which Moore's statement confirms.

"We are evaluating every aspect of our program and this is not a process that I wish to discuss at length in a public forum," Moore said.

Moore, who along with Witt gave Shula a raise and contract extension through 2012 after last season's 10-2 season and Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech, indicated he did want Alabama to play in a bowl game. Bama's bowl status is uncertain pening the South Carolina-Clemson game this weekend, and other factors.

"We are bowl-eligible and we hope to remain positioned to play in a bowl game," Moore said. "We remain firm in our commitment to our student-athletes. I am proud of their efforts throughout this season and we are more determined than ever to return Alabama football to its rightful place among college football's elite."

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