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Reggie Witherspoon headed to Alabama as assistant coach

By Rodney McKissic

Reggie Witherspoon, the former University at Buffalo coach, has resurfaced at Alabama where he will assist Anthony Grant, The News has learned.

Witherspoon, who was fired at UB in 2013 after 14 seasons at the school, did not coach during the 2013-14 season. A source said Witherspoon attended the King James Shooting Stars AAU tournament last weekend in Akron, Ohio, apparently evaluating prospects for the Crimson Tide.

Witherspoon held a news conference at his home this afternoon.


Photo gallery: Reggie Witherspoon through the years


Alabama finished 13-19 overall and 7-11 in the SEC under Grant, who is entering his sixth season with the program.

Last summer, Witherspoon was prepared to accept an athletic administrative position at Erie Community College until a contract dispute between Witherspoon and UB couldn’t be resolved. Witherspoon was hesitant to commit to the job given UB’s stance that doing so would relieve the university of its remaining financial obligation to him. He had two years remaining on his deal with UB, which apparently is off the hook with Witherspoon now that he’s headed to Alabama.

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