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June 12, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The University of Alabama is expected to announce today that David Hobbs, an assistant to former basketball coach Wimp Sanderson, will be promoted to the head coaching job.
January 19, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
James A. Hood, one of two black students whose effort to enroll at the University of Alabama in June 1963 led to Gov. George Wallace's segregationist "stand in the schoolhouse door" and who later forged an unlikely friendship with the former governor, has died. He was 70. Hood, who left the university after eight weeks but returned years later to earn a doctorate there, died Thursday at his home in Gadsden, Ala., northeast of Birmingham, according to a funeral home official. The June 11, 1963, enrollment of Hood and Vivian Malone, who went on to become the first black graduate of the university, came during one of the most violent summers of the civil rights movement.
August 16, 1989
Steve Sloan resigned after 2 1/2 years as athletic director at the University of Alabama because of differences of opinion with the school's new president over the way the athletic program should be run.
May 10, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Nicholas Katzenbach, the Kennedy administration lawyer who faced down Gov. George Wallace to enroll the first black students at the University of Alabama and who helped write the landmark civil rights and voting rights acts of the 1960s, has died. He was 90. Katzenbach died Tuesday night of natural causes at his home in Princeton, N.J., according to his daughter, Anne Katzenbach of New York City. Katzenbach was one of the "best and brightest" who were drawn to Washington when John F. Kennedy became president in 1961.
Alabama, with the third-winningest program in major college football history, was placed on three years' probation and severely penalized after the NCAA Committee on Infractions found the school guilty of unethical conduct and "a distressing failure of institutional control."
August 16, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Wimp Sanderson, former basketball coach at the University of Alabama, claims in court documents that his longtime secretary got a black eye by colliding with his outstretched left hand. Sanderson filed court documents Friday responding to a lawsuit filed by Nancy Watts, who charges that Sanderson punched her in March as part of an ongoing pattern of physical and sexual harassment and abuse.
Gene Bartow, the man who followed John Wooden as UCLA basketball coach, believes his life would have been in danger had the NCAA delved too deeply into the activities of the late Sam Gilbert, the Bruin booster who was closely aligned with the program during the Wooden years, according to a letter Bartow wrote to an NCAA official. "I want to say 'thank you' for possibly saving my life," Bartow, basketball coach and athletic director at the University of Alabama Birmingham, wrote in a Nov.
January 12, 1994
Quality Systems Inc. said Tuesday it has won a contract from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry to provide a computer-based management system for medical and dentistry practices. The agreement with the Tustin-based company calls for installation of a sophisticated system that will provide the university with on-line, automated data collection to support such services as billing, claims processing, patient registration and appointment scheduling.
January 4, 2012 | Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Gene Bartow, the successor to John Wooden as UCLA basketball coach who became the architect of a new and successful athletics program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, died Tuesday evening. He was 81. Bartow, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer two years ago, died at his Birmingham home, according to a university spokesman. Despite starting the athletics program at Alabama Birmingham and establishing the basketball program as nationally competitive, Bartow probably will be most remembered in Los Angeles as the man who replaced arguably the best coach in college basketball history and unarguably the most beloved and respected coach in this city's sports history when in 1975 he took over UCLA's program after Wooden's retirement.
April 30, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The death toll from this week's tornadoes continued to climb Saturday morning, making the storms fueled by record winds the second worst in history. As the rescue and relief efforts continued through much of seven states, officials braced for what was being called a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power; usable water was in demand. In hard-hit Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama decided to end the school year early. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency on Saturday morning reported that the state's death toll has risen to 254, pushing the region's total to more than 340. Mississippi and Tennessee each reported 34 deaths.
April 30, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams and Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The scope of devastation left by the second-deadliest tornado blast in U.S. history continued to emerge Saturday as stunned survivors combed the wreckage of homes churned into matchsticks and aid workers and volunteers struggled to get food, water and generators to thousands displaced across seven Southern states. Hundreds who spent the night in emergency shelters hastily erected in hardest-hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., scoured the remnants of their homes and businesses for photos and keepsakes, mostly in vain.
February 13, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian and Richard Fausset
Three faculty members were killed, three other people were wounded and a woman was in custody Friday following a shooting during a biology department meeting on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, a university official said. Two of the wounded are also faculty members and the other is a staff member, said Ray Garner, UA-Huntsville spokesman. Several dozen students were in the science building where the shootings took place, he said, but none witnessed the attack. Huntsville Police Chief Henry Reyes said the suspect, whom he declined to identify, was apprehended without incident outside the building.
August 21, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time: No. 14 Alabama It's heartening to know Nick Saban understands our jobs and is cool with the fact pundits don't always have to drink the Bear Bryant juice and get on Alabama board every time someone with a snoot full shouts "Roll Tide!" "You are the conduit to the public for all the players and all of our programs," Saban told an assemblage of microphone holders and pen pushers at this summer's Southeastern Conference media days.
October 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Vivian Malone Jones, one of two black students whose effort to enroll at the University of Alabama led to Gov. George Wallace's 1963 "stand in the schoolhouse door," died Thursday. She was 63. Jones, who went on to become the first African American to graduate from the school, died at Atlanta Medical Center, where she had been admitted Tuesday after suffering a stroke, said her sister, Sharon Malone.
April 23, 2003 | From Associated Press
Hoping to solve an archeological crime after more than two decades, the University of Alabama has revealed a major 1980 theft of Indian artifacts. Jim Knight, chairman of anthropology at the Tuscaloosa campus, said that the disappearance of 264 pottery vessels, dating back 800 years, was the largest recorded antiquities theft in the South.
December 18, 2002 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Only days after telling his players he wasn't interested in UCLA because "I can't take you with me," Coach Mike Price is leaving Washington State to become coach at Alabama. Price told his team Tuesday in an emotional meeting before leaving for the airport, where a private plane provided by Alabama was waiting to take him to Tuscaloosa. "I just couldn't pass it up.... I'm getting up there [in age]," said Price, 56. "I've got to do this for my family."
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