Friday, April 27, 2007

Same old Wells

And I mean that in a good way.

For those who knew Jim Wells when he was coaching at Loyola College Prep or down at Northwestern State, they would recognize the man who tossed one of his weekend starters off the Alabama Crimson Tide roster.

To Wells, discipline and staying on the straight and narrow are tantamount to the Ten Commandments. So when senior right-hander Bernard Robert broke a team record, Wells dismissed him from the team.

In a short release on the Crimson Tide's Web site, Wells said, "He broke team rules. That's all that needs to be said. " Vintage Wells.

And, for the record, this isn't just another arm Wells took off the roster. This was a senior who had helped pitch the Crimson Tide to an SEC co-championship a year ago. Robert wasn't having the greatest season in the world, but for an Alabama team fighting for an SEC Tournament berth, losing his presence and experience could be a death knell.

Just know that Jim Wells has reason -- and the moral high ground -- to fall on that sword.


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