Reliving the Tradition with Wilbur Jackson

Wilbur Jackson, the first black player to be offered a football scholarship at the University of Alabama, played running back from 1970-73 in Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s newly implemented wishbone offense. In his three years’ playing at Alabama, Jackson accumulated 1529 yards rushing and 17 rushing touchdowns, helping Alabama win the 1973 national championship. Jackson continued playing football in the NFL as a first-round draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers, ending his career with the … [Read more...]

Is the No. 2 ranking a good or bad omen?

It’s not a secret that the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team is expected to be good. Both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today poll have Alabama ranked No. 2 in the preseason. While it’s great that the rest of the nation agrees with our campus that Alabama is awesome, a high preseason ranking might not favor the Tide in the long run. Since 2001, three teams that have started the season No. 2 have finished No. 1. Most recently it happened in 2007 when LSU won the national … [Read more...]

Tony’s Taste of the Town: The Waysider


Any true southerner will tell you that at the center of all southern cooking is a nice, hearty southern breakfast. Residents of Tuscaloosa need look no further than their own back yard to find one of the tastiest breakfast restaurants in the South. The Waysider, located on 1512 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa is the oldest operating restaurant in Tuscaloosa, and just one taste of The Waysider’s melt-in your-mouth biscuits lets you know why. “We have been here since 1951 continually … [Read more...]

Leading the Way


We have all heard the old saying: Defense wins games and offense sells tickets. That is the case for the 2011 Alabama football team. Running back Trent Richardson will help sell tickets and keep fans excited, but the Crimson Tide’s defense will be the unit that helps win games for the team this season. “We have one of the most athletic defenses that’s been through Alabama,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said. “Last year, we lacked the speed part, getting after the quarterback. This year, I … [Read more...]

Alabama vs Auburn: The Biggest Rival

Wide receiver Marquis Maze waits for the ball as quarterback Greg McElroy waits for his pass to get there. / CW | Bethany Martin

It’s finally here. The game that everyone in the state of Alabama has been anticipating since week one has finally come to Tuscaloosa. The No. 11 Alabama Crimson Tide will play host to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers Friday, and though this game is the day after Thanksgiving, Tuscaloosa will still be packed, and football fans all around the nation will be watching this game because everyone knows this game will be one of the biggest showdowns in the 2010 college football season. “I think everybody … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Van Tiffin

Van Tiffin kicks a 52-yard field goal to win the 1985 Iron Bowl 25-23 as time expires. / Bryant Museum

GameDay: Talk about how nerve racking that 52-yard field goal to beat Auburn in 1985 was. Van Tiffin: I wouldn’t say it was necessarily nerve racking. The way it all went about kept that from being the case. If it had been a situation where a timeout had been called, the way they ice the kickers today, it would have been extremely nerve racking. But there was so little time and we were so deep in our own territory that I’m thinking we’re not even going to get in field goal range. The first … [Read more...]

Alabama vs Georgia State: Continuing the streak

Mark Ingram outruns the MSU defense Saturday night, running for a 78-yard touchdown. / CW | Jerrod Seaton

While the Alabama football team has had some difficulty playing one the road — suffering its two losses this season away from home — the Tide has been able to add five wins to its streak of 19 consecutive at Bryant-Denny Stadium this season. “I think there is a sense of comfort [in playing at home],” said head coach Nick Saban. “Last year, when I was making my first few road starts, I had a little bit of uneasiness. You have that routine and get into a comfort zone when you are at home. … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Tommy Wilcox

Former Alabama defensive back Tommy Wilcox against Mississippi State in the early 1980’s. Wilcox was a two-time All-American selection in 1981 and 1982. / Bryant Museum

Tommy Wilcox played safety for Alabama under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1979-82 and was a two-time All-American selection with the Crimson Tide. Wilcox spoke with Gameday this week about Coach Bryant, this year’s Tide squad and his Alabama career that almost never was. GameDay: Being from Louisiana, what sold you on going to Alabama? Tommy Wilcox: Back when I was coming out of school, the in-state choices were Tulane, where my daddy played ball, and LSU. We were brought up to not … [Read more...]

Alabama vs Mississippi State: Remaining Confident

Defensive lineman Damion Square (92) and linebacker Courney Upshaw (41) celebrate after hitting LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson in last week's loss. / CW | Jerrod Seaton

No. 12 Alabama’s fall to No. 5 LSU Saturday put the Crimson Tide out of the running for the national championship. The team has faced a mountain of pressure this year in anticipation of another title, but with a 7-2 record, it remains positive about the reminder of the season. “When you become so result oriented, you lose the focus on the process of what it takes for you to improve and get better and play your best,” head coach Nick Saban said. Saban said he has told his team over the … [Read more...]

Reliving the tradition with Don Salls

Don Salls, now 91 years old, played fullback and defensive back for Alabama from 1940-42. / Bryant Museum

Don Salls played fullback and defensive back for Alabama from 1940-42. After serving in World War II, he became the winningest football coach at Jacksonville State after coaching 18 years at the school. Salls is one of the players featured in a book that will be released this weekend about Alabama players in WWII titled, “When Winning was Everything”. Salls, along with 12 other Crimson Tide players that fought in WWII, will be honored during Saturday’s game against Mississippi … [Read more...]