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Like Father, Like Son? Ask UAB

bear-bryantThe Alabama Crimson Tide may be champions on the field. But off the field, there is more going on than meets the eye.

When Dr. Ray Watts, UAB’s president, made the announcement to drop UAB football, I tried to read the expression on his face, and in his eyes. I could tell that he probably made this announcement under duress. Many people, myself included, have a pretty good idea where the threats originated.

Legendary Alabama coach, Bear Bryant was a winner on the field. Off the field, he was like the business man who is afraid of competition. Years ago, Alabama played many of their home games in Birmingham. There are stories that he threatened to pull out of Birmingham if they landed a pro football team.

Is his son like him? Maybe not on the field. In my opinion, he doesn’t know the difference between a football and a testicle. But many are speculating that this character, who calls all the shots at the University of Alabama, wanted UAB out. In fact, Alabama would probably get rid of Auburn, Samford and Troy if they could.

Alabama has no reason to be afraid of UAB, but do have reason to be afraid of Auburn. They may have won the Iron Bowl this year, but you can bet that at least every other year, the Tigers will kick their ass.

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