Class of 2007
Category: Distinguished Alabama Sportsman
Born December 19, 1939 in Dozier, Alabama…As a scholarship player at the
Alabama he played football for Coach Paul Bryant. After graduation he began a coaching career that lasted 31 years, 22 of those at
Alabama . He was part of seven Bama National Championships, one as a player and six as a coach, the last four as the offensive coordinator. In addition he was part of 14 SEC Championships and 27 bowl trips. He also coached at
State , Notre Dame, and the NFL’s Phoenix Cardinals. In 1994 he was named Associate Director of External Affairs at
Alabama , a position that required constant travel to speaking engagements around the Southeast. Because of his popularity with coaches, former players, fans, and the business community, he was the ideal choice in November, 1999 to be named as Athletic Director. His leadership soon became crucial as he helped guide
Alabama through some very difficult times while continuing to move the program in a positive direction. It was through his vision that the department embarked on a multi million dollar project to improve and upgrade athletic facilities, elevating them to premier status. With over three decades of outstanding service to the University on several different levels, he not only stands as a true representative of the glory and pride of Alabama’s great athletic tradition, but also as a symbol of the excitement and enthusiasm of the future.