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Someone asked about some Bama history a few days ago – "Mama Called"

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

NOTE:

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

Clay

Mama Called

Those are the two words that Paul W. Bryant used to describe his love and devotion for The University of Alabama. When asked why Bryant was leaving Texas A&M to go to Alabama and have to start a rebuilding process all over again, Bryant simply stated "Mama called". "It was like when you were out on the field and you heard your mama calling you to dinner. Mama called." Enough said.

On Friday, February 1, 2002 "mama" called again due to the NCAA "starring down the barrel of a gun" sanctions. However, this time she didn't just call one single individual, she called a vast majority of people. If you are an Alabama football fan, whether you attended Alabama or not, you have been called. You have been called to support the University of Alabama's football program like no other time before. Clearly this is a critical time for support. We need a laser like intensity in our support. I will lay out in this brief "The Fall of the Tide" how we were taken down by a select few individuals, with connections to the NCAA, SEC, Media, and Rival Schools.

At this time I honestly do not know what is the best way to support this program. But, I know one damn thing for sure. I have been called and I will not let "mama" down. See you in Bryant Denny.

You may wonder why I am putting some of this out now, because All of it does not reflect a positive light on Alabama. Basically, I believe that Alabama is a model for other institutions to follow. In 2004 after the worst record in football in 50 years Coach Mike Shula Signed a Legit TOP 15 Recruiting class, one of the best in the nation. Dominating in the state of Alabama and even getting a few high profile prospects from Florida and Georgia. This one class is not the end just the beginning. To All Alabama fans delight we heard from schools like Georgia, FSU, Florida, LSU, And even our in state Rival Auburn about how "CLEAN" ALABAMA recruited this year. Even better the "blue chippers" we lost had only good things to say about the facilities, the staff, and how they did not NEGATIVE recruit.

The SEC is a tough Conference. The ACC soon will be equal to the SEC in Talent, and Revenue. The south Loves College Football. ALL The Athletic Directors At the ACC, SEC, BIG 10, BIG 12, and PAC 10 schools, need to study this case and learn from it. Hatred for your rival is a Very Bad Thing. I have been guilty of it, like many others in the state of Alabama.

I like many others laughed at Willie Williams recruiting articles every week in the 2004 Miami herald. I laughed like you at how there was no way he was going to go in that dorm room with the snakes and spiders, or eat that spinach dip, or those tiny little lobsters at LSU. I also laughed, at things most of you did not. Who was the greatest College football players in History? Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, Brian Bosworth, Joe Namath, Turner Gill, I really have no clue and besides that might fill up my next brief. What I am trying to get to is this, you sit these great athletes down, right now, TODAY, and then show them, if they haven't seen the Willie articles, and ask them what Bear, or Shug, Dooley, Osborne, etc would have done in today's current recruiting situation. There is no way A coach like Joe Paterino, Bobby Bowden, Nick Saban or Tommy Tubberville and Mike Shula for that matter Should have to beg a blue chip athlete to attend their school. It should be the other way around.

Until the Universities and the NFL, NBA and MLB get with the NCAA and come up with something that is legal so that the Willie's of the world do not have as much power as they do right now there will always be some coach or program or booster willing to cut corners. When that happens you have jealously, then payback, then payback for the payback, etc. etc. it is a viscous cycle, believe me I have lived it for close to 20 years now and I hope and pray that there is the right leadership at Alabama now so that It will never happen again. In recent days after all of the misfortunes of "Willie" hit the press big time I have heard The big cheese himself Myles Brand NCAA President comment on how it is obvious that some schools have advantages over others to get a "Blue Chipper." Duhh. What is next? Reducing Scholarships of schools because they have better facilities than TCU or South Florida?

Give me a Break. What the NCAA and to a larger part our Leaders in Washington fail to realize is kids don't grow up wanting to be President or a Congressman, A Doctor, A Lawyer, No what most kids want to be is a Football or Baseball or Basketball STAR! Now all of YOU ACADEMIA FOLKS READ CLOSELY if you want to change the way kids look at school, you are not going to do it with 30 second ADS, and a local PRO Athlete saying how important school is. Don't You think it is time to set MINIMUM Academic standards for our Professional Athletes to obtain before they can be a Professional. Sports influences more kids on a daily basis than anything. Coach Paul Bear Bryant said "The old lessons of 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 the NCAA wants to reform college athletics, then with the help of the President and the Pro Leagues could. I saw a bumper sticker once that probably puts it best. "Lets make welfare as hard to get as a building permit." A Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse, Teacher, even AIR CONDITIONING MECHANIC have certain degrees and certificates that must be obtained before being considered a professional. YES I agree with the NCAA It is time to make changes. However, new enforcement rules will not make a difference. If you want to merge college athletics with college academics and put the majority of compliance issues to rest for good then IMHO you must:

1) Any Professional Athlete must have a 4 year degree.

2) Remove the Red-Shirt most academic students now take 5 years to complete their degree so give a college athlete the same advantage.

3) Give the Student athletes a stipend from a fund managed by the NCAA that is funded from the Pro Sports.

I know this is a radical, provocative move. However for the integrity of our

collegiate systems, and to rid our kids from looking up to sports stars without degrees, constantly in and out of jail, and for the morality of our country I think this is something that MUST BE DONE NOW. OK RANT OVER.

To all of the SEC, NCAA, MEDIA, etc. We took your best shot. You hit MY Football Team with a blow cheaper and harder than any Iron Mike ever swung. Guess what, were still standing, Not only that, We have the CLEANEST PROGRAM IN THE SEC and possibly the nation. There will be a reckoning for the havoc that has been internationally brought upon the Crimson Tide. We will have to be dealt with in the future. We will not go quietly into the night. The Alabama nation has united as one and will show the world the injustices that have been levied upon us.

In the words of Joe Namath: "I guarantee it".



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