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Important weekend ahead for Tide sports

For a non-football weekend, this coming edition will be a busy one with a lot on the line for a host of Alabama sports. Here is a quick breakdown:

  • The Crimson Tide baseball team is fighting for a spot in the SEC tournament. As one of a four-team deadlock for that eighth spot, Alabama needs to sweep Tennessee this weekend to have a shot. LSU and Kentucky also need to lose at least one game this weekend to keep the Tide in contention. Two Alabama wins coupled with two losses apiece from LSU and Kentucky also gets Mitch Gaspard’s team to Hoover.
  • On the softball field, the No. 1 overall-seeded Tide hosts UAB, Lipscomb and Alcorn State in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Riding high after winning the SEC tournament a week ago, coach Patrick Murphy’s squad is pointed towards the young program’s first national title.
  • Speaking of NCAA championships, the Alabama women’s golf team is in the hunt. The Tide is second in the championship, trailing USC by seven strokes after the second round in Wilmington, N.C. Stay tuned for updates.
  • The men’s golf team is seeded fifth in the New Haven Regional that starts Thursday. It won the regional round a year ago with the core of that team back.

A few extra pictures from Saban's pitch

Check out the following gallery of extra photos I took before Nick Saban’s first pitch Friday before Alabama’s 4-1 baseball win over Vanderbilt.

He seemed to enjoy his time in the dugout with baseball coach Mitch Gaspard and a few of the players.

Nick Saban's first pitch

Kirby Smart gets paid

Now approved by the Compensation Committee of the Alabama Board of Trustees, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is officially an even better paid coach. After being wooed by Georgia, the Crimson Tide sweetened his deal to stay in Tuscaloosa.

Sweetened = $750,000 per year.

That’s a considerable bump from $360,000 a year. If he leaves, the buyout is $72,000.

The committee also approved contracts for baseball coach Mitch Gaspard, football assistant Jeremy Pruitt and women’s basketball coach Wendell Hudson.

Gaspard gets $175,000/year plus $50,000 talent fee over his three-year deal.

Pruitt will make $190,000 in 2010 and $200,000 in ’11.

Hudson’s contract was extended through 2013 with the same pay $150,000/year plus $145,000 talent fee. His expense allowance is now $12,000 and got a signing bonus of $18,000.

Assistant takes over Tide baseball program

According to a new release, long-time Alabama baseball assistant Mitch Gaspard has been promoted to the head coaching job in the wake of Jim Wells’ retirement.

Gaspard agreed to a 3-year contract that requires final approval from the compensation committee of the board of trustees. That is the same body that still must approve football coach Nick Saban’s contract extension.

In Tuesday’s release, Athletics Director Mal Moore said Wells informed him Monday of his intentions to retire.

“Jim served our baseball program with distinction for 15 seasons,” Moore said in the release. “I have tremendous respect for Jim and the reasons for which he made this decision at this time.”

Read more in Wednesday’s paper.