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Television cameramen and print reporters frenzied around the University of Alabama campus Sunday night hoping for a definitive answer to the question of who will be Alabama's head football coach in 2007.

Players attended a meeting Sunday night at Bryant Hall Academic Center which last approximately 15 minutes. According to multiple people in attendance, the meeting was nothing out of the ordinary – standard operating procedure for confirming that players returned from the holiday weekend and laying out the schedule for the coming week.

One topic was Alabama's bowl future, which is now likely to see the Crimson Tide in either Shreveport, Louisiana (Independence Bowl) or in Memphis (Liberty Bowl). Alabama is bowl eligible at 6-6, but South Carolina's win against Clemson over the weekend made Alabama the only one of nine Southeastern Conference bowl eligible team with fewer than seven wins.

The SEC has one automatic BCS tie-in for the SEC champion (Arkansas or Florida), and seven tie-ins with other bowls. LSU's win over Arkansas and West Virginia's loss last weekend put LSU at fifth in the latest BCS rankings, and greatly increased LSU's chances of landing a second BCS team for the SEC, which would guarantee Alabama a bowl spot.

Athletics Director Mal Moore and University President Robert E. Witt have not answered questions on Shula's future since Alabama's 22-15 loss to Auburn on November 18. Moore, following a report from ESPN saying Shula would be retained, issued a statement Wednesday saying every aspect of the program continued to be evaluated.

Moore said "this is not a process that I wish to discuss at length in a public forum."


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