Alabama stories in the SI Vault

I'll Tell You About Football By Paul Bryant and John Underwood, August 15, 1966 He fought a bear -- and a lot more -- in his youth. Still fearless, America's No. 1 college coach begins here the remarkably candid story of his turbulent rise to fame.

It's Alabama In A Runaway By Roy Blount Jr., November 20, 1972 When last seen, Terry Davis and his Crimson Tide were rolling on, while bits of LSU were strewn over the field.

'I Do Love The Football' By Frank Deford, November 23, 1981 Bear Bryant says that unequivocally after 43 years of coaching and 314 wins, tying Stagg's record, which he can break against Auburn.

The Dawning Of A New Day By John Underwood, September 19, 1983 Bear Bryant's successor as Alabama coach, Ray Perkins, gets off to a good early start in the demanding business of following a legend.

Trading Places By S.L. Price, August 14, 1995 Last fall Alabama was a national title contender and Auburn was finishing its probation. Now that the Tide has been hit with NCAA sanctions, football in the state has turned upside down.

#1...and Done By Grant Wahl, March 29, 2004 Big upsets by Alabama, Nevada and UAB blew up the NCAA chalk.

Thirty-minute Delay By Lars Anderson, September 14, 2009 New quarterback Greg McElroy and sophomore running back Mark Ingram needed two quarters to get the Alabama offense rolling over Virginia Tech.

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