Linebacker Charlie Higgenbotham became the latest Alabama football player to leave the program in the summer of transfers. The Mountain Brook product is headed to South Alabama to play for his former prep coach, Joey Jones, a former Crimson Tide player who is coaching the first-year Football Championship Subdivision program in Mobile.
After sitting out the 2006 season with a redshirt, Higgenbotham played mostly special teams while recording 16 tackles, including a sack in his 24 games with the Tide.
He joins the long list of transfers from Nick Saban’s program that closed spring practice well above the 85-scholarship limit set by the NCAA.
According to a recent poll, Saban is among the most unpopular people in the world of sports.
The Tide coach landed at No. 9 on the most disliked man in sports in the survey of 1,100 fans 13 and older by market research firm E-Poll.
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick topped the list, followed by Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez.
Bear Bryant fared better than Saban in a much different poll released Wednesday. The legendary Alabama coach was ranked third on a list of the all-time best coaches in a survey by The Sporting News.
Only John Wooden and Vince Lombardi topped Bryant in the poll of 118 “Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts” that included former Alabama coaches Ray Perkins and Bill Curry as well as C.M. Newton, the former Crimson Tide basketball coach.
NBA coach Phil Jackson came in fourth, followed by former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, father of former Alabama quarterback and coach Mike Shula.