Friday, October 03, 2008

The KY - Alabama Connection

KY vs. Alabama - Game Time - Sat 3:30pm - CBS - National Audience

Under Paul "Bear" Bryant, the Maryland Terrapins went 6-2-1 in 1945, but Bryant (standing behind Adolph Rupp) resigned after the season because he deemed the school's president as meddlesome. Hired by Kentucky, Bryant immediately revived a dormant program, leading the Wildcats to a 7-3 mark in 1946. In eight seasons, Bryant's Wildcats went 60-23-5 and earned four bowl berths. The highlight was an SEC championship in 1950 and a 13-7 upset of No. 1 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. After the 1953 season, Bryant signed a 12-year contract extension at Kentucky, with hopes of making football the school's primary sport. Within weeks, however, he realized popular basketball coach Adolph Rupp was also ready to receive an extension. Bryant had earlier been told by the school's president that Rupp would be fired for rules violations. Feeling as if he had been duped, Bryant quit. And now you know...the rest of the story.

1 comment:

twest said...

How did he balance Bear Bryant's head on his shoulder like that?