This is a brief on how Alabama fell from grace in the general timeframe of the 1992 Championship thru Coach Fran with some earlier history thrown in for reference. It sheds light (true or false – that is up to the individual) on what happened to bring down the Tide and who all was involved. It definitely helps explain the animosity toward Phil Fulmer. I didn’t write any of the brief and don’t personally know anyone mentioned or attributed. I am not responsible for any typo, spelling, formatting, or whitespace errors. Nor am I responsible for any judgment errors, innuendo, false allegations, heresy, rumor mongering, slander, defamation, or character assassination. I just happened to cut and paste it from a Bama message forum (and I don’t remember which one) way back in the day and thought I might want hang on to it. I am only responsible for segmenting the document into chapters to make it easier to re-post as several RBR Fanpost. As with all Fanpost the content is not approved, condoned, sponsored, attributed, or verified by RBR or SBN and any of their writers, editors, or content providers. Buckle up this is a very long read. – WM58
Posted by clay3482 on February 27, 2004 at 20:59:25:
The Fall Of the Tide
This is only a compilation of public information put in one place so that the truth could come finally out. Some source articles came from MAJOR news outlets and some from Internet Message Board Archives. I will try to credit everyone at the end of the "brief" in Appendix A. This is a rough draft however, so if you see something I missed or in the case of internet posters if you would like your Real Name instead of your Internet Handle credited please let me know.
Thanks to all who have helped!
Roll Tide Forever!
Enjoy The Brief
AP Wire news releases
NCAA major enforcement Database ncaa.org
Bear Bryant Quotes
What does Alabama mean to the SEC?
Introduction - The Fall of the Tide
Chapter 1 - Arrogance
Chapter 2 - "Pay for Play" And "The Contract"
Chapter 3 - Sorensen & Bockrath
Chapter 4 - The Downward Spiral
Chapter 5 - Tyrone Beamon
Chapter 6 - 1999
Chapter 7 - Cottrell & Culpepper
Chapter 8 - 2000 Recruiting Class
Chapter 9 - Bensyl-Meyers & the NCAA
Chapter 10 - Dubose Falls
Chapter 11 - Butch Davis, Fran, & Points to Consider
Chapter 12 - NCAA, Marsh, Robbins & Sorensen
Chapter 13 - Fran
Chapter 14 - NCAA Investigation Continues
Chapter 15 - Was Alabama Treated Fairly?
Appendix A - Credits
Appendix B - Fulmer Statement to NCAA
Appendix C - David Housel Speech (Transcribed) Before 2002 Alabama Auburn Game
Appendix D - Posted on autigers.com as a classic post Operation Pole Dancer.
Appendix E - NCAA TIMELINE Of Events.
Quotes by Bear Bryant.
"But it's still a coach's game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don't have a good one at the top, you don't have a cut dog's chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board."
"Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything that comes in second."
"The first time you quit, it's hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don't even have to think about it."
"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit - you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards."
"I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don't need a lot of talent."
"You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat. Then you've got yourself a team."
"The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren't being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country's future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief."
"If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can't live without football. I've had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home."
"Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don't quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don't quit until you reach it. Never quit."
"I'm no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work."
"The best coaches, most coaches I've known, weren't Phi Beta Kappa in the classroom."
"Offense sells tickets. Defense wins games."
"When people ask me what do I want to be remembered for, I have one answer. I want the people to remember me as a winner, 'cause I ain't never been nothing but a winner."
What does Alabama mean to the SEC?
Kentucky - They beat us for the first time in forever and an eternal day during a season that we were 4-7. Goal posts tumbled. Folks were trampled. And the president and AD of the school said it was the biggest win in the history of Kentucky football. One win over a 4-7 Alabama team and they were proclaiming the emergence of Kentucky as a national contender. We apparently mean a lot to these guys.
South Carolina - Ranked in the top 20 and playing a team at .500, the Gamers finally beat Alabama for the first time ever. I repeat EVER. Keep in mind that a top 20, and later top 10, team was playing an unranked .500 team and when they win the game in the closing seconds, they too tear down the goal posts and celebrate into the night. I read an interview where some of the officials claim that game to be one of the biggest wins in Gamecock history. OVER AN UNRANKED .500 TEAM? Seems we are pretty big in their eyes also.
Vanderbilt - When the league divided into an East and West division, Vandy asked that we be a rival game for them. A school official, I don't remember his name, was quoted as saying that he wanted Alabama because they were the best in the SEC and on those rare years that they pulled off the upset it would make the year for them. Here is a school willing to take 19 beatings just to win that one game every 20 years or so against us so they can proclaim it a good year. How big is Alabama in the eyes of Vandy?
Georgia - I read a quote one time from a Georgia alumni that was being interviewed. In this interview he was asked about his stay at UGA and if he had any regrets. His reply was "I regret that we never beat Alabama". Now, he didn't mention Championships, although this player may have won one because I can't remember his name I just know it was several years ago, or awards. His regret? He can't tell his grandkids he played against and beat Alabama. We have less ties with UGA than any team, IMO, but they know about us. Much more, I am sure, than we know about them.
Mississippi State - As recently as the mid 90's they brought down the goal posts with a win over Alabama. Not to mention the fact that their head coach was on the verge of being fired on more than one occasion and a win over Alabama saved his job. This coach has admitted, although not lately, to thinking ahead to Alabama as early as spring practice. Lose to Auburn and Florida and Ole Miss and you will be counseled. But beat Alabama and all is well until next year. What does that tell you we mean to the Bulldogs?
Ole Miss - What else can be said? Mississippi St. is supposed to be their real rival but guess what? They recruit players to match up with Alabama. At least they used to. Beaten and battered too many times to mention, Ole Miss broke through this year and pulled out a last minute victory over the .500 Tide. Again what do we hear from their coach? One of the biggest wins in my head coaching career. Now granted his HC career has been short thus far, but hasn't he beaten other .500 teams having a down year? Yes but none the magnitude of Alabama. Enough said.
LSU - Death Valley. 1969-2000. Did I see goal posts come down with a victory over a soon to be 3-8 team? I think so. Again enough said. They hate us, as do the rest, but not because we hate them. But simply because they live in the shadow of something bigger and they know it.
Arkansas - Danny Ford, former coach of the Hogs, said many times he lived to coach against Alabama. Why? Because according to him, if you beat Alabama you knew for that year you had done your job. For that year? Was he trying to say that the Alabama game meant more to Arkansas than the rest of their games. I think so. But wasn't it Alabama that denied them a NC? Can't remember for sure, but I know we used them to win one of our own on cold day in January. Bitter tastes are hard to get rid of.
Florida - What hasn't Spurrier done for Florida. The list of accomplishments are long including a NC. Spurrier, whether we like him or not, is a great coach and nothing seems to be out of his reach. Well almost nothing. The one thing he didn't accomplish was a streak of 5 straight SEC championships for the Gators. He called it mystique. We called it a record still intact for the Alabama nation. Even the loose lipped Spurrier admitted that having a record that the legendary Bear Bryant set would top his coaching career. Are you kidding? The man that respects no one would like his name in lights with Bear Bryant? What does Alabama tradition mean to Spurrier and the Gators?
Tennessee - Although they are currently getting the better of this rivalry, they are down in the overall scheme of things. In other words, we have beaten them more than they have beaten us. They own Alabama. They rule Alabama. They do not fear the Mighty Tide. They don't need any help beating Alabama. That is what they say. But actions speak louder than words. Actions such as UT boosters being deeply involved in scandalous accusations against the Tide. Coaches telling recruits if they go to Alabama they will not be playing football in 2 years. That sounds like desperation to me. Almost sounds as if they know that head to head that UT can never sell their program the way Alabama can. And they know that. Outside of Auburn they will be the last to admit it, but they know who feeds them. As Fulmer holds his press conference after another Florida debacle last year, he feels the need to point out that UT and UF are the two winning'est teams in the 90's in the SEC. Why Phil? Were you afraid that some of the country thought Alabama was? I think so. You even had the smirk on your face. You knew you didn't measure up to the Gators and it didn't even matter to you. You just want to measure up to Alabama. UT has even fired coaches because they couldn't beat Alabama. True or false? In UT's mind we are Goliath. And it burns them deep within.
Auburn - This wasn't even funny until they started hiring Alabama alum and Bear disciples to run their program. And they even had some success and long as big brother was running things. Then came trouble because even those guys had trouble competing with us and the Alabama alum were ousted. And with an occasional win against the Bammers, as they call us, they were happy. Ecstatic in fact. But they can't hide from it. They play in the shadow of the ones they hate the most. No matter what they do. They wish it would go away. They even tried to believe it would go away. They even told recruits it would go away. But look who is still standing people. That's right. THE TIDE. So get used to it. There would be much less animosity if you would just admit it. Until you win all the marbles you will just be that other school in Alabama. And to top it off, all roads to the marbles roll through Tuscaloosa. It hurts I know. But with therapy and a willingness to be second best it will go away. What do we mean to Auburn? EVERYTHING.