“Mere Mortals”

One last Alabama question.

Why does Alabama let mere mortal coaches walk on the sideline where Bear Bryant walked?

Over the years, the Crimson Tide had their bench area opposite the press box at Legion Field and Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The east side is in the sun field, but standing on the east side has the advantage of always being in the television shot during the game. Rumor has it that Bryant was always cognizant of what the cameras were and how he could be in the shot play after play.

That may be urban legend, but makes sense. There was nothing, it seems, that escaped Bryant’s attention, the Bear having a keen sense of the smallest detail.

Things changed under “Coach Fran” with the team moving to the west side. Coach Shula continued that trend as did Nick Saban. Coach Mike Price might have done so, but was there for such a short period of time we’ll never know.

Here’s the bottom line.

One. Does all this matter?

Probably not.

Two, why does Alabama let mere mortal coaches walk on the sideline where Bear Bryant walked?

Good questions all.

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

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