Paul Bryant won six national championships in 25 seasons as Alabama’s head football coach. Nick Saban has won three national championships in six seasons as Alabama’s head coach. And he’s won four overall, counting the one he won in 2003 at LSU. So does Saban compare to the “Bear”? No less an authority than Mal Moore says yes.
Like people, schools have relationships. Often they are described in familial terms, such as sister institutions and sibling rivalries. Alabama and Texas A&M seem more like brothers. Not twins, mind you, but close. These schools have met only four times in football, yet they seem to share DNA. What explains the strong connection? Jackie Sherrill points to the patriarch. “You’d have to say Coach Bryant,” he said. “That’s the biggest connection.” But hardly the only one. Paul Bryant played at Alabama and later coached at Texas A&M (1954-57) before returning to Alabama in 1958. Gene Stallings played for Bryant at Texas A&M, coached for Bryant at Alabama, then went on to be the head coach both at Texas A&M and Alabama.
In the years I was coming here, Bryant’s door was always open. Unless on the phone or with someone, he would wave you in and to the couch. When you sat down, you were like a foot or two below Bryant. Your view was looking “up.” Once, just being ornery, I plopped into a chair beside his desk. He didn’t say anything, but his displeasure was evident. I returned to the couch on all future visits.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Former Alabama assistant coach and Auburn head coach Pat Dye addressed the media prior to kickoff of Alabama’s game against North Texas tonight. Dye, who served as linebackers coach under Bear Bryant, is at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 40-year reunion of the 1971 Alabama team. “I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve been over here,” Dye said. “My first reaction was just to stay at home and watch it on television, but I got to thinking about it. You know, I haven’t been back to Tuscaloosa in, say, 30 years and I’d like to go back and see all those guys I coached in the 60s and 70s.”
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania – All roads do not lead to Penn State University. It’s a huge and respected institution of higher learning, yet it is a hard place to get to. Legendary Alabama coach Paul Bryant used to say there was only one way to get to State College: by mule.
University of Alabama football is Paul W. “Bear” Bryant leaning on a goalpost, Johnny Mack Brown running wild in the Rose Bowl, Gene Stallings being carried off the Louisiana Superdome field on the shoulders of his players and Nick Saban reviving the echoes of greatness with the Crimson Tide’s 13th national championship. Penn State football is Joe Paterno and Linebacker U., undefeated seasons and Eastern supremacy, consistency and class.
A visit to Paul Bear Bryant Museum located on the campus of the University of Alabama. Paul Bear Bryant Museum 300 Paul W Bryant Drive Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Legendary Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant talks with his incoming freshman. Alabama Crimson Tide Zone Football. ROLL TIDE!