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Book Review - Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath

Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath and Dixie's Last Quarter

The Painful Legacy of 1963

Fifty years ago Alabama was rocked by some of the most violent episodes of the civil rights movement. The impact of those events forever marked the state and Crimson Tide football.

Alabama vs Notre Dame -- The 1975 Orange Bowl

In 1974 Alabama had an opportunity to capture the prize that eluded them the season prior -- the consensus national championship. But, once again, the primary obstacle standing between The Crimson Tide and that lofty goal was Notre Dame.

Alabama vs Notre Dame - The 1973 Sugar Bowl

The Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish first met in the 1973 Sugar Bowl in a game with everything on the line. Sportswriters called it "The Second Battle of New Orleans" and it earned the billing.

The Sometimes Suspect Sartorial Splendor of Bear Bryant

Bear Bryant wore some... interesting outfits during the 1970s. Roll Bama Roll takes a look at six of the more questionable fashion choices made by the Alabama coach.

SB Nation College Football Hall Of Fame Inductee Paul W. Bryant

Paul W. Bryant is the inaugural coach to be inducted into the SB Nation College Football Hall of Fame

SB Nation College Football Hall Of Fame Inductee Ozzie Newsome

SB Nation College Football Hall Of Fame Inductee Ozzie Newsome

The RBR Reading Room: Paul "Bear" Bryant

The number of biographies and memoirs about Paul W. Bryant has reached a point it's easy to miss some of the lesser known ones. One that might easily go under the radar would be Delbert Reed's 1996...

The RBR Reading Room: The Long Gravel Road to Bama

Jim Grammer's "The Long Gravel Road to Bama" is the invaluable tale of what it took to make it in Bear Bryant's Alabama team in the late 1960s.

This is a letter from Alabama head coach Paul Bryant to sportswriter Murray Olderman in 1962. It...

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This is a letter from Alabama head coach Paul Bryant to sportswriter Murray Olderman in 1962. It references a series of ghostwritten columns Olderman produced for the Newspaper Enterprise Association in the wake of Bryant leading the Crimson Tide to the 1961 National Championship. These "as told to" pieces were relatively common at the time and Bryant's autobiography resulted from a similar collaboration with Sports Illustrated's John Underwood. I went back into the GoogleNews Archive and was actually able to dig up this series of articles (although it's unclear how much the paper cut them down from the original versions). One of them, Alabama's Call Postpones Bryant's Retirement, appeared on Oct. 20, about seven weeks after the letter above was dated. It's interesting for the revelation in the title -- Bryant claimed that until he was contacted by Alabama he was actually aiming to step down as a Texas A&M's head coach when his contract expired in '61 to "go into something less ulcerous." That piece was preceded by Bama Not Competing With Pros Who Don't Graduate Every Year and followed with Bear Bryant Gets Most Out of Ordinary Players. A fourth item, Bear Remembers Auburn Game, was published the first week of November.

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