December 23, 2003 |
Former Washington State coach Mike Price couldn't have been sure about getting another football job after his firing seven months ago by Alabama because of a highly publicized visit to a Florida strip joint and allegations -- a majority of which he has vehemently denied -- about a night spent with strippers. But not only does Price have a new coaching job, at Texas El Paso, he's in a town apparently willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
December 22, 2003 |
All Mike Price wanted was a second chance. Sunday, he got it. Five days before Christmas and seven months after his embarrassing dismissal at Alabama, Price was named football coach at the University of Texas El Paso. Financial terms were not disclosed, but you can bet Price will earn a pittance compared with the seven-year, $10-million contract at Alabama. "A guy can have only so many color TVs and I've got one," Price said at his introductory news conference.
December 9, 2003 |
Sports Illustrated and one of its writers must reveal confidential sources for an article that led to Alabama's firing of Mike Price, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith said the Alabama law protecting newspaper, television and radio reporters from being forced to disclose sources doesn't extend to magazine reporters. Price sued Time Inc.
November 1, 2003 |
Bill Doba didn't think anything was amiss when Mike Price called him into his office last December. Not even with rumors that had Price bolting Rose Bowl-bound Washington State for Alabama picking up speed like a snowball rolling downhill. But Doba's professional life as the trusty sidekick assistant was about to change very quickly. "In about a minute and a half," Doba recalled earlier this week. "I went in there and he told me that he was leaving.
June 21, 2003 |
Former Alabama football coach Mike Price sued Time Inc. for $20 million Friday, contending he was defamed by a Sports Illustrated article about the strip club visit that led to his firing. The suit seeks $10 million in compensation, the value of the seven-year deal Price had with Alabama, which fired him before he coached a game for the Crimson Tide. The suit, filed in state court, seeks another $10 million in punitive damages from Time, which publishes Sports Illustrated.
May 4, 2003 |
Mike Price was fired by Alabama without coaching a game because of behavior including a night at a topless bar -- another embarrassment for a once-proud football program. University President Robert Witt said Saturday that Price failed to live his "personal and professional life in a manner consistent with university policies." Price, hired away from Washington State in December, lost his job because of his conduct on a trip to Florida last month for a pro-am golf tournament.