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WCWS Q&A: Alabama's Patrick Murphy on LSU job — 'It was a whirlwind'

Alabama is in the WCWS for the eighth time, but coach Patrick Murphy almost wasn't with the team this time. He accepted the LSU job last year before deciding to go back to Alabama.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 30, 2012

Alabama is back in the Women's College World Series for the eighth time. Thing is, the man who turned the Crimson Tide into a softball power almost wasn't with the team this time around.

Patrick Murphy left Alabama to be the coach at LSU shortly after last year's WCWS — but 48 hours later, he decided to go back to 'Bama.

This time last year, you went from WCWS to introductory press conference at LSU to return to Alabama. What was that week like?

It was a whirlwind. Upside down. Topsy turvy. Any way you want to call it. Just one of those weeks that I could definitely write a book about. We literally got off the plane in Tuscaloosa (after leaving the WCWS) and I looked down and had a phone call from Baton Rouge. I thought, ‘This is (former LSU coach) Yvette Girouard calling me.' But it was the AD.

Coach Girouard was your mentor, your boss at Louisiana-Lafayette before she went to LSU. Was she the heartstring that pulled you to LSU?

She got me started. She's the reason I'm here. I give her all credit because without her I wouldn't have a job in college softball. I still have tons of people down there that I consider great friends, second families. Some of the nicest people I've ever met in my life.

Was the decision to go back to Alabama sort of like buyer's remorse?

I wish I would've gone down first. I accepted (the LSU job) on the phone. When we go there, we go to the hotel and we go play and we go back to the hotel and we go out to eat. I really didn't get to see anything other than the facility and the hotel. The people were great; it was just one of those things where you think about it 48 hours ... it was just unfortunately for everybody. I felt bad for all of them. I made a huge mistake.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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