Someone asked about some Bama history a few days ago – Appendices A and B
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 Clay
Appendix A Credits BamaK TerryK XenS BamainKy MadDog BBA
ESPN Bamachris TennStudd ITAT Autigers.com Gridscape.com TI.com
AP Wire news releases
NCAA major enforcement Database ncaa.org
Fulmer Statement to NCAA
May 23 2000, Phillip Fulmer Alleges in a sworn Statement as a Secret Witness to The NCAA Lead Investigator Rich Johanningmeier of Numerous NCAA Violations by XCMD, Bear Bryant, Shaun Alexander, Ivy Williams, Ronnie Cottrell and the University of Alabama, Kentucky, and Miss St. For this Co-operation Tennessee was granted a pass on violations by UT Football And Athletic Department. In Johanningmeier Interview summaries, the investigator wrote in all capital letters: " Fulmer should be regarded as a confidential source of information and this Memorandum should not be included in any custodial arrangements that could be made in the future with the University of UA, Tuscaloosa." UT Coach and Tom Culpepper Met at the Hula Bowl initially, where Tom Culpepper said he wanted to help bring down UA then With his lawyer's advice, Fulmer secretly recorded 90 minutes of an eight-hour conversation with Culpepper in Chattanooga during The summer of 2000 in which Culpepper discussed information he could provide regarding NCAA rules violations at UA.
1) According to Johanningmeier interview summaries, Fulmer said a friend of his who worked with Game Day Centers, a group out of Opelika that Developed condominiums near college football stadiums, had information pertaining to former UA running back Shaun Alexander and a Dr. Porch. The friend, according to Fulmer, said Porch's daughter told him "that her family was looking forward to being assigned another UA Football student-athlete" after enjoying a close relationship with Alexander.
2) Fulmer also told Johanningmeier that Culpepper could provide information to the NCAA on several fronts against UA. Some of which are:
-- That Young has long been "known" to have been Bear's "bag man" to buy recruits.
-- Arrangements were made to pay Alexander to play his senior season of 1999;
-- Arrangements were made to obtain a fraudulent ACT score for former Tide player Harold James; -- A person who monitored standardized tests was paid by Cottrell to ensure that prospects being recruited by UA would receive qualifying scores;
-- Young paid part of the cost of Cottrell's home and was providing Cottrell with cash payments;
-- Arrangements were made to pay for Santonio Beard, a former Tide player, and Mac Tyler, a former UA signee, to attend Milford Academy.
-- Young used casinos in Tunica, Miss., to withdraw sums of untraceable cash to buy football prospects;
-- Young had made payments for seven years to Memphis Melrose High School coach Tim Thompson to deliver football prospects to UA;
-- Cottrell was involved in helping obtain Tide signee Michael Gaines' fraudulent ACT score. -- Arrangements were made to provide a loan to Terri White, the mother of UA football player Justin Smiley.