Sport: A Bear at 'Bama

Football coaches, like television cowboys, fit neatly into two categories: the good guys and the bad guys. Alabama's Paul W. ("Bear") Bryant, 48, is by choice one of the bad 'uns. He is a shrewd recruiter, an admitted plagiarizer of football tactics, a chronic weeper, and a flagrant headline chaser. He drinks Salty Dogs (lime juice and gin), runs up scores, browbeats sportswriters, cusses his players, and believes in corporal punishment—usually, a size 12-D shoe applied to the seat of the pants. He also collects slogans: "A moral victory is like kissing your...

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