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W. Bryant started his coaching career as an assistant at Alabama
1936-39 and Vanderbilt 1940-41. He was in the US Navy in World War II.
Bryant was head coach at Maryland for one year 1945
(6-2-1), Kentucky for eight 1946-53 (60-23-5), Texas A&M for
1954-57 (25-14-2), and Alabama for 25 years 1958-82 (232-46-9). His
career total for 38 years: 323-85-17. His 1950 Kentucky team won that
school's first conference championship and knocked off Oklahoma 13-7 in
the Sugar Bowl, ending Oklahoma's 31 game winning streak. Bryant's 1956
Texas A&M team won the Southwest Conference.
Before he became head
coach at Alabama, the school had won just four games in three years.
five games his first year and took his team to the 1959 Liberty Bowl in
his second. By 1961 Alabama was National Champions again. He won five
more championships in the next 21 years-1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and
1979. His Alabama teams played in 24 straight bowl games. When he beat
Auburn 28-17 on November 28, 1981, it was his 315th win. This topped
A.A. Stagg's 314 wins and Bryant was saluted as the all-time winningest
coach in college football. In 1997 the US Postal
Service honored Bryant with a 32-cent stamp.