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Former Alabama coach Ray Perkins dies at 79

Dec 9, 2020
Ray Perkins
Associated Press

Former Alabama football coach Ray Perkins has died at the age of 79 in Tuscaloosa. 

Perkins, who also played reciver for the university, replaced Paul "Bear" Bryant to coach the Crimson Tide following the 1982 season after spending time coaching the New York Giants. He later went on to coach Tampa Bay and Arkansas State.

Current Alabama coach Nick Saban said Perkins "was a great coach and had a tremendous impact on the game."

His death was announced by his daughter on her Facebook page and later by the University of Alabama.

“Chasing the Bear: How Bear Bryant and Nick Saban Made Alabama the Greatest College Football Program of All Time”

Author: Lars Anderson

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 304

Price: $28.00 (Hardcover)

Only three years ago Monte Burke published a pretty good biography, “Nick Saban: The Making of a Coach.” Coach Bryant’s life has been done in detail by Allan Barra in “The Last Coach” (2006) and by many others including Keith Dunnavant (1996) and, earlier, John Underwood (1975) in cooperation with Bryant himself.

Mark Almond / al.com

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over use of the houndstooth pattern made famous by hats worn by former Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

The University of Alabama System board of trustees and its president pro tem had filed the suit against a Georgia-based company over its use of the houndstooth pattern.

In an order filed Monday, U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor dismissed the case, noting the parties had reached a settlement. Details of the settlement weren't immediately available.

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(Information in the following story is from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com)

Former players and assistant coaches are remembering Paul "Bear" Bryant on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Bryant led the University of Alabama's football program to 323 wins and six national championships before his death on Jan. 26, 1983. The legendary coach's name has been invoked often as the Crimson Tide again won a national title this month under coach Nick Saban.