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Former Southern guard, NBA head coach Avery Johnson named Alabama head coach

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Wednesday, April 08 2015 Apr 8, 2015 April 08, 2015 9:59 PM April 08, 2015 in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Avery Johnson brings Texas-sized ambitions to Alabama basketball.

The former Dallas Mavericks head coach and San Antonio Spurs guard unabashedly sets the goal of leading the Crimson Tide to the Final Four for the first time. The program he chooses as his model team: Five-time national champion Duke.

Johnson, who was formally introduced on Wednesday, even embraces the prospect of coaching basketball at Alabama, which arguably is college football's equivalent of Duke hoops. He met with football coach Nick Saban for about 30 minutes on Wednesday.

Johnson says Saban's success and personality doesn't threaten him. Instead, he says, that's "like a magnet for me."

Johnson takes over a program that's been to the NCAA Tournament only once since 2004.

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