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Always interesting to read about Bama history. I'm curious to know who your dad is, because the only staff in the seventies were Wimp, John Bostic, and Wendell Hudson. Bostic went with CM to Vandy. Who were these Alabama staff members that Kentucky raided?
Also, your dad helped get Leon and Ozzie to Tuscaloosa, and coached on the staff? Again, just curious, but Sanderson and Bostic are the only assistants I ever remember CM having, until he made Wendell an assistant. Who was your dad? And you're saying he also coached football? Did he coach baseball also?
Hayden Riley comes to mind...great football assistant and recruiter who got shuffled from head basketball to head baseball by Bryant until we decided to get serious about those sports.
This post was edited by airharper 18 months ago
Sorry airharper, didn't see your post a few weeks back.
His name was Jerry Daily. Bama basketball assistant and freshman coach. Was head basketball coach at Colbert County and won a state title with Leon. My dad saw Ozzie playing basketball one day and got him enrolled at C.C. to play bball. My dad was also the TE coach for football, so he was Ozzies coach there as well. He told me about passing drills once and writing a number on balls and making the TEs watch the ball coming in and calling out the number.
Neither Leon Douglas or Ozzie really wanted to go to Bama. Their families were scared of the place actually cuz of the race stuff. So my dad accepted a position at Bama and they followed my dad cuz they trusted him. Needless to say my dad was a Bama fan and Coach Bryant was smart. So if my dad was an aubarn fan Leon and Ozzie probably would have gone elsewhere, auburn for Ozzie im sure.
Remember C.C. had just integrated. They didn't trust many white people but my dad took good care of them and provided all he could since they were dirt poor. My dad taught history but also taught drivers ed first period. Most of his players were so poor they didn't own alarm clocks so my dad would check the role every morning to make sure they got up on time and were there. If they weren't he'd make the student drivers drive to the players house and he'd go in and wake them up and take them to school in the drivers ed car. That's one example of how those families knew to trust my dad to watch out for their kids.
Ozzie was a few years behind Leon and my dad was at Bama with Leon. He had committed to aubarn but when it came down to it, it took one phone call from my dad to tell him where he needed to be. I was just asking my mom about that tonight after seeing the Obama article. My dad was the first coach Ozzie thanked at his HOF ceremony. Chronological order I'm sure since lots of coaches helped Ozzie more than my dad.
But ya, my middle name is Patrick. One guess after who I was named...ya that Patrick. They were big buddies. And if you've ever met Brother Bill, then you've met the same type of person and presence my dad was. Same piercing foggy blue eyes that could shake you to your core. Tough sobs. So officially my dad was a basketball coach but he traveled with the football team as well and got along with those guys better cuz they all hunted and fished...and drank. He even got a bowl bonus for football. His official duties were to stand by Coach Bryant and block views so teams couldn't lip read lol. I think he was just having a good time though.
As far as UK raiding our staff I guess it was Vandy. I was born in 76 and by the time I knew John and Betty Bostick and CM they were coaching at UK. I got to go to several UK bball camps growing up and I stayed with John and Betty once. Met CM a few times. I'd never researched that it was a Bama to vandy to UK deal. I knew CM was from up there so i just assumed.I just know how close they were to really doing something. For y'all that don't know Leon, he was Bamas first first round draft pick, he went fourth to Detroit. He's still in top five in just about all center stats and scoring. He's currently the head coach at Tuskegee. Wish he was at Bama. He's got a real presence about him as well and has done good things there.
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"We're modern-day gladiators, and that mental toughness is really important to have in a good team." Nick Saban
Anyone have good recipes? I've got A LOT of that shit to eat...
Bump for everyone to read this post. Awesome story and thanks for sharing
I'd give my right leg for film of Colbert County back in 71-72. That team is legend in the Shoals area. That whole year they had to rent the coliseum in Florence to play in because ticket demand was that crazy, and they sold that place out and could have sold alot more seats.
They were so good that year that they were able to practice their warm up drills for 30 minutes a day. I've heard it was just as good as the Globetrotters. Other teams would stop warmups and watch and were completely psyched out before the game started. They had lost in the final game of the state finals the year before by one basket on a very questionable call and took no mercy that year and destroyed all they played.
There was another big guy on the team, name slips my mind. About 6'6 though. One night he played terribly, scored two points, was screwing up alot. Was missing shots on one end and not getting back on D and his guy was scoring wide open looks. So when the bus got back to Leighton he told everyone practice in the morning. The boys started walking off and my dad looked at him and said where you going lol. They both stayed and practiced all night and were still going at it when the rest of the team showed up the next morning. The next game he scored 52 points. Fear, one hell of a motivator. Leon scored 57 a few games later, no motivation needed lol. He was a bad dude. All of 6'10 and built.
But everyone across the country knew what was at Leighton. And man they came with guns ablazin. C.C. had a banquet one time that had Coach Bryant and Adolph Rupp seated at the head table. UK sent their biggest gun, so we did to. Coach Bryant was doing his part to help the basketball team and also to make his presence felt to the football players.My mom says it was like church in there. No one spoke hardly a word and just stared at them the whole time. She said it was like two Gods sitting at the table.
There was more than Ozzie there for Bryant to recruit. The Gargis kid ended up playing QB for aubarn and was a tough sob. Lots of good players around there back then.
But ya I've got tons of great stories, some would freak y'all out. I miss my dad and wished he was still here to tell them to me, for the tenth time.
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Is airharper still around? i cant send a PM to him. Says no recipient.
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