Only a few hours into his new job and Nate Oats is already placing huge expectations on the Alabama Crimson Tide. According to the former Buffalo Bulls coach, the Final Four is a realistic destination for the program.
“Obviously, the money doesn’t hurt, but it’s more about `OK, how high a level can you take” the program? Oats said Thursday after being formally introduced as the new Tide coach. “I’d like to play for national championships. I’m a competitor, I’m ultra-competitive on everything.
“Can you do that here? Yeah, I believe you can. I mean, they proved it in I don’t know how many other different sports. You go through the list of sports that have won national championships here, they’ve got a bunch of them. Football competes for it every year. There’s no reason we can’t get to that level.”
CBB Today, hours into his hiring, wrote about the idea of Oats at Alabama, more than hinting at the theory he was brought to the Crimson Tide for this very idea.
“They’ve never been to a Final Four here,” Oats said, “but we can get to a Final Four.”
As mentioned in our piece yesterday, the Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t hire Nate Oats to be a middling coach. The school hired him to be an all-timer. For Bama fans, it must be nice he’s thinking along those same lines.
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