December 17, 2010
Alabama suffered a tough break with the season nearing when pitching coach Kyle Bunn turned in his resignation to Crimson Tide head coach Mitch Gaspard this week.
No details on why Bunn resigned his post were released by the Crimson Tide, though, Gaspard had an interesting quote to the Tuscaloosa News.
"He resigned and really it's just a matter of … I think that Kyle would have to answer that about parting ways," he told the paper. "I respect Kyle as a coach. Obviously, I accepted his resignation.
Calls to Bunn were not answered Thursday, and there was a prompt announcing the phone number already had been disconnected.
Bunn's departure from the Alabama program comes as a surprise. Though the Crimson Tide finished last season with just a 5.06 ERA, the staff improved as the season progressed with Nathan Kilcrease and Jimmy Nelson leading the way.
Before his one year stint with the Tide, Bunn spent two seasons at Clemson after previously spending a season as a full-time coach at Mississippi. Bunn also spent four seasons as a volunteer assistant for the Rebels before his role as a full-time assistant.
While Bunn steps away and must reassess his situation, the Crimson Tide now have the tough chore of finding a pitching coach with the season beginning Feb. 18, with a home series against Alcorn State.
Alabama hitting coach Dax Norris, who has experience dealing with pitchers, could gravitate to the role of pitching coach. However, Gaspard made it clear to us that he was committed to hiring the best coach possible for the sudden vacancy.
"We're just checking interest for the opening right now," he said. "I'd like to fill the open position by the first day of spring classes, which is Wednesday, January 12."
The Crimson Tide will have some tough holes to fill in the spring, but are coming off a campaign that included a super regional appearance and a 42-25 record.
Stay tuned to Yahoo! Sports for more on Alabama's vacancy.