January 4, 2010 |
Anyone with even a passing interest in college football is probably familiar with the incomparable legacy of Paul "Bear" Bryant, the late, legendary Alabama coach. The stadium in Tuscaloosa where Coach Nick Saban's No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide plays its home games is named in Bryant's honor. As are a conference center, a street, a bridge, an academic center and a high school, among other landmarks. At the Paul W. Bryant Museum, where a reunion is held annually for the more than 500 people named for the former coach, Bryant's achievements can be broken down numerically: six national championships, 14 conference titles, 323 victories, 29 bowl appearances, three unbeaten seasons.
January 8, 2010 |
Eryk Anders wouldn't have been there for Alabama if his father wasn't around when he needed someone most. After the Crimson Tide linebacker didn't play during Alabama's Independence Bowl victory over Colorado in 2007, his father pleaded with him to stick with the program. Hours later, Gayle Anders died of an apparent heart attack. His father's words still resonating more than two years later, the senior made one of the biggest plays in Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas on Thursday night at the Rose Bowl in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
January 2, 1997
Some coaches would use the emotional pull of their final game as a motivational tool for their players. But not Alabama's Gene Stallings, retiring after the Outback Bowl victory over Michigan. "As I was telling the players . . . a lot had been said about maybe winning the game for me," he said. "And I wanted that to be the absolute furthest thing from their minds. I said, 'The only way you can embarrass me is to not play hard.'
September 3, 2001 |
Exhibiting uncharacteristic caution, reputed high rollers Bob Toledo and Phil Snow cleaned house, cashed in and cleared out before Alabama checked its pockets. Toledo, the UCLA coach, and Snow, the Bruin defensive coordinator, love to gamble. Toledo likes trick plays and long bombs. Snow likes blitzes and stunts. But key to the Bruins' 20-17, season-opening victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday were Toledo's patience and Snow's restraint.
October 21, 2001 |
The fourth quarter belonged to Casey Clausen and Travis Stephens. Clausen and Stephens capped big games with late one-yard touchdown runs as No. 11 Tennessee defeated Alabama, 35-24, at Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday. Clausen was 21 of 28 for 293 yards and two scores while Stephens racked up 33 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns for the Volunteers (4-1, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference). "With the game on the line, we needed to step up and make plays," Clausen said.
December 26, 1997 |
Alabama running backs Dennis Riddle, Ed Scissum and Curtis Alexander gave the Blue-Gray college all-star game at Montgomery, Ala., a homespun flavor Thursday, each scoring touchdowns to lead the Gray to a 31-24 victory. Stephen F. Austin receiver Mikhael Ricks had six receptions for 106 yards, including a diving catch on a desperation pass at the end of the first half.