Alabama engages Buffalo's Oats as head coach


Alabama hired Wednesday Nate Oats of Buffalo as head coach, the school announced.

Oats, 44, replaces Avery Johnson, who was separated from the Crimson Tide earlier this week after four seasons spent in Tuscaloosa.

"We are excited to welcome Nate and Crystal Oats and their three daughters to the University of Alabama," said Sports Director Greg Byrne. "I look at coach Oats in recent years, as he was leading the University of Buffalo to unprecedented heights." His commitment to training the student-athlete on and off the field was really what was emerging.The best basketball academics and professionals in the country, his name has been mentioned time and time again.Oats coach will be at work from tonight and we hope he will have a long and successful career with Alabama Crimson Tide. "

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