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Bear Bryant probably should have been jailed for the brutal practices he put his players through;...

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Bear Bryant probably should have been jailed for the brutal practices he put his players through; 76 players quit the team one year.

The San Jose Mercury News hops up on a soapbox about player safety and doesn't let facts get in the way of hyperbole. Reportedly, the 49er players have been comparing practices to The Junction Boys.

I’ve had a full life in one respect, but I’ve had a one-track deal in another respect. Whether it’s ...

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I’ve had a full life in one respect, but I’ve had a one-track deal in another respect. Whether it’s been good, I’ll never know. That’ll be decided by wiser men later. My life has been so tied up in football that it has flow by. I wish it wasn’t that way, but it had gone by mighty fast. Practice, recruiting, games. Football, football and more football. There hasn’t been much else. It has become a void, as it has to when your next minute, next hour and next day all revolve around one thing. Frankly, I don’t know if that’s good. I know I’ve made a journey, but I’m not sure I’ve enjoyed all of it. You miss a lot of things you shouldn’t miss…

Coach Paul W. Bryant in a 1982 Huntsville Times interview (recounted in Allen Barra's The Last Coach). Bryant stepped down at the end of that season and passed away of a heart attack less than a month later.

Jim Carlen, who followed [Gene] Corum at WVU in 1966, was a young defensive assistant on Bobby...

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Jim Carlen, who followed [Gene] Corum at WVU in 1966, was a young defensive assistant on Bobby Dodd’s Georgia Tech staff in the early 1960s. He once found himself in a room with Dodd and Alabama coach Bear Bryant when the two coaching legends were talking about the passing game. "They would talk about throwing like it was a disease," Carlen said.

Former W.V. HC Jim Carlen on the perception of the passing offense in the 1960s.

But the shovel play itself has been around for a long time. Compare the video of Florida this year...

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But the shovel play itself has been around for a long time. Compare the video of Florida this year with the video of Bryant's Crimson Tide below. All things are cyclical.

Smart Football: Bear Bryant: spread offense innovator? Smart Football (which is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs) goes through the video of Alabama's 1976 Liberty Bowl win over UCLA and finds some interesting plays.

Recruiting is the one thing I hate. I won't do it unless my coaches tell me I've just got to. The...

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Recruiting is the one thing I hate. I won't do it unless my coaches tell me I've just got to. The whole process is kind of undignified for me and the young man.

Paul "Bear" Bryant, from a 1980 TIME magazine article.
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