Bear Bryant

David Cutcliffe on working for Bear Bryant, coaching the Mannings & his new job with the SEC

David Cutcliffe’s lifetime in coaching started earlier than most. Though he played football as a young man, including at Birmingham’s Banks High School, Cutcliffe knew from an early age his future was wearing a whistle and headset rather than a helmet. And like many of his generation who grew up in Alabama in the 1960s and 70s, he idolized legendary Crimson Tide coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
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Our Views: A remembrance of an ad-lib about mothers, from Bear Bryant

Editor's note: This Mother's Day remembrance has appeared in different versions in this newspaper. In south Louisiana, we must tread lightly in praising Alabama football legends, but this Mother’s Day, we’d like to offer a few words in honor of the late Bear Bryant, legendary football coach at the University of Alabama for many years.
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Former Alabama QB Paul Tyson, great-grandson of Bear Bryant, transferring to Arizona State

For the last three seasons, the Alabama quarterback room has included kin to program royalty, with Bear Bryant's great-grandson, Paul Tyson, lined up alongside other Crimson Tide signal-callers. That connection came to an end recently when Tyson entered the transfer portal shortly after the national championship loss to Georgia. On Sunday, he named Arizona State as his intended destination.

Selected Georgia vs. Alabama history, and Lewis Grizzard’s friendship with Bear Bryant

Georgia Football coverage presented by — In 1965 UGA sophomore Lewis Grizzard was covering the Georgia vs Alabama game at SanfordStadium for the Athens Daily News. He was at some undisclosed location mixing an adult beverage when Dawgs quarterback Kirby Moore passed 8 yards to Pat Hodgson, who tossed the ball to halfback Bob Taylor. Taylor ran for a touchdown that resulted in an 18-17 UGA upset victory.

UA’s first Black faculty member recalls early “lonely period,” racial attack, and Bear Bryant

This story is re-published with permission from The Birmingham Times. Due to his love of sports, Archie Wade, Ed.D., retired University of Alabama (UA) professor, is often referred to as the “Jackie Robinson” of the sprawling Tuscaloosa, Alabama, campus. For Wade, the nickname has a deeper meaning: “Breaking down barriers just like the sports legend,” he said.

Saving Stories: UK great Jim Howe on playing for legendary coach Bear Bryant

For the first time since 1950, when the Wildcats were coached by the legendary Bear Bryant, the Kentucky football team is off to a 6-0 start. In today’s edition of WUKY’s award winning history program Saving Stories, Doug Boyd with the UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History highlights a 2019 interview with UK great, Jim Howe, one of the Bear’s talented players from that era. In fact, he has the distinction of scoring the first touchdown in Kentucky’s first-ever bowl game; a 24-14 victory over Villanova in the Great Lakes Bowl in snowy Cleveland, Ohio on December 6, 1947. Howe talks about playing for the legendary coach, the big victories, the close losses, and the life lessons learned while competing for the Big Blue.