Sport: Not Your Average Bear

After 38 seasons, Paul William Bryant retires from coaching

In Alabama, where Bear Bryant is next to godliness, for once it was left to a football coach to raise an outcry against himself. "I'm going to alert the president of the university and anybody who wants to know," Bryant said a month and a half ago, after Alabama's second loss of the season in nine games, "that we need to make some changes, and we need to start at the top, and I'm at the top."

The Crimson Tide also lost the next week, and the...

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