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The story behind the greatest Bama basketball team ever

Bill Ivey
Bill Ivey

Today’s guest columnist is Bill Ivey.

For all the right reasons, University of Alabama basketball is currently a hot topic.

Coach Nate Oats has it figured out: He recruits at a high level, he understands how to create a structured atmosphere that allows for creativity, and he knows that he can win big at Alabama.

It seems that Coach Oats is building a foundation that could lead to a national championship. Continue reading The story behind the greatest Bama basketball team ever

Birmingham: Bear Bryant may be turning over in his grave

Paul Bear Bryant
Paul Bear Bryant

I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965.

If you are a college football fan you may remember that between 1961 and 1965 UA won three NCAA College National Championships.

Joe Namath was our quarterback, but more importantly, our coach was the legendary Paul Bear Bryant.

No need to give a history lesson on Coach Bryant, but unless you’re of a certain age, you may not know one important fact about the Bear. Continue reading Birmingham: Bear Bryant may be turning over in his grave

Should our self-worth hinge on Alabama football?

Alabama upset by Ole Miss
Alabama upset by Ole Miss

I love Alabama football.

I attended the University in the early ‘60’s when Bear Bryant was winning football games just as Nick Saban is today.  By the way–even the Bear lost a game or two every once in a while.

My claim to fame is that while eating at the Little Cookie, a burger joint in Tuscaloosa, Joe Namath asked me to pass the salt.

And I take great pride in our University’s growth. Continue reading Should our self-worth hinge on Alabama football?