Tide's new coach arrives for duty

Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 12:19 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Washington State's defeat in the Rose Bowl could actually pay dividends to Mike Price's new employer.

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Mike Price, Alabama's new head coach, walks the sidelines near the end of Washington State's 34-14 loss to Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. The game was Price's last with the Cougars.

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``The good news is I know what not to do against Oklahoma,'' Price said Saturday, shortly after arriving for his new job as Alabama's new coach. ``I don't think you'll see any of those plays this time around. None of those worked.''

The Cougars fell 34-14 to Oklahoma on Wednesday night in the Rose Bowl, ending Price's 14-year tenure as head coach. The Crimson Tide plays the Sooners on Sept. 6 in the second game of next season.

Price and four of his assistants planned to tour the Alabama campus with their families Saturday, scouting for homes and holding administrative meetings.

Price was replaced by Washington State defensive coordinator Bill Doba shortly after being picked to replace Dennis Franchione at Alabama.

He remained with his former team through the bowl.

Price will leave Monday for the National Coaches Convention in New Orleans, where he is a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award.

He plans to interview more candidates while in New Orleans and said he reached a deal with an offensive coordinator Friday night but wasn't ready to announce who he was.

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