Duke's football connection to Alabama is often overlooked. Following is a summary:
Wallace Wade coached at Alabama 1923 - 1931. He came to Duke in 1931.
Bear Bryant played at Alabama 1932 - 1936 and was the head coach 1958- 1982.
David Cutcliffe graduated from Alabama in 1976 and served as a student assistant under Bear Bryant.
Don't know what sort of connection there might have been between Wallace Wade and Bear Bryant since Wade left Alabama a year before Bryant began to play, but there likely was some connection if only during the recruiting period before Bryant enrolled.
In the DBR story, DBR said, It’s really impressive that Duke has persuaded them (Alabama) to play in Durham. We’d love to know the story behind that.
I think I do know the story behind that. At some point the Alabama playsers, coaches,and staff looked around and said "Damn, we're in Alabama - let's get out of here."
I entered this thread thinking you were going to describe a connection between Obama and Duke football
Maybe the Duke fans can pick up my favorite AL cheer - "Roll, Tide, roll, round the bowl and down the hole".Roll Tide and Go Devils!
Last edited by -jk; 09-03-2009 at 02:25 PM. Reason: fix quote tag
Another connection is assistant/associate head coach Ron Middleton, who also coaches the special teams and tight ends. He played at 'Bama and also was an assistant coach there.
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Our holder (now an alum) from last year's father lettered at "Bama and when on to be one of the most successful high school coaches in Ga.
I heard this long ago but cannot substantiate it ....
After Steve Spurrier announced his decision to take the Gators job, AD Tom Butters sought the advice of Bear Bryant on who to hire. Steve Sloan was hired on Bryant's recommendation. Bryant died not too long after. I have always thought of that advice as Bear Bryant's last great practical joke. ...
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