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By Cecil Hurt Sports Editor
Published: Sunday, November 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 27, 2006 at 1:08 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA | Mike Shula has been dismissed as the University of Alabama�s head football coach, multiple sources close to the Crimson Tide football program told The Tuscaloosa News on Sunday night.

Shula notified his assistant coaches late Sunday night after UA director of athletics Mal Moore gave him the news, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Crimson Tide staff and players had a team meeting at the Paul W. Bryant Hall Academic Center on Sunday night, but Shula and the assistant coaches were not aware of their status at that time. The meeting concluded at approximately 9:15 p.m.

However, two sources confirmed to The News that Shula and Moore met after that time.

Moore and UA President Dr. Robert Witt met on Sunday afternoon, apparently to finalize their decision on Shula�s future.

Shula, 41, had been hired as the Crimson Tide�s football coach in May of 2003. The former UA quarterback had a coaching record of 26-23 in four seasons at the Tide helm.

He was given a raise and contract extension at the end of the 2005 season, following a 10-2 yard which culminated with a victory in the Cotton Bowl.

More information will be published as the story develops.

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