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Trending Homecoming '17 - The 1992 Tide team honored for their National Championship

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  1. rick4bama

    rick4bama Bama Fan since 1965 and counting.... HARRY'S

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    The oral history of Alabama's 1992 national championship team


    Twenty-five years ago this fall, Alabama won its first football national championship of the post-Paul "Bear" Bryant era. The Crimson Tide went 13-0 in 1992 under coach Gene Stallings, reaching the high point between the Bryant and Saban eras of Alabama football.

    AL.com's Creg Stephenson interviewed more than 40 players, coaches and staff members from that team, plus other outside observers. Today and over the course of the next few weeks, you'll read the story of that season, in their own words.

    (Editor's note: All interviews conducted by AL.com's Creg Stephenson during the summer of 2017 unless otherwise noted. Comments have been slightly edited for clarity and to improve flow. Titles appearing with speaker's names are as they were in 1992).

    Part I -- Laying the foundation: Curry departs, Stallings arrives, Crimson Tide begins building a champion

    Alabama football was in flux in the early 1990s. The Crimson Tide football family was fractured after the retirement and death of legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant following the 1982 season, enjoying regular but unsustained success under coaches Ray Perkins and Bill Curry.

    Curry, an outsider from Georgia Tech, took over the Crimson Tide when Perkins left for the NFL in 1987. Curry's 1989 team began the year with 10 straight victories and reached a No. 2 ranking, but lost to Auburn to end the regular season and again to Miami in the 1990 Sugar Bowl, to finish 10-2.

    Under fire following three consecutive losses to Auburn, Curry resigned from Alabama and took the job at Kentucky. Crimson Tide athletic director Cecil "Hootie" Ingram hired Gene Stallings, who played for Bryant at Texas A&M and coached for him at Alabama in the early 1960s.

    Stallings had a marginal record as a head coach, fired from both Texas A&M and the NFL's Phoenix Cardinals. And yet, he seemed liked a perfect fit when he arrived in Tuscaloosa.

    Guys you will need to click on the link, so you can read what the coaches, players, writers broadcasts, said about the 1992 team. Houston, Shuzlt,Copeland, Lassic, Barker, Langham, Coach Stallins,Oliver,And Hootie Ingram. And a lot more! It a great read on the 1992 team, and what each one thought about that year..
     
  2. 50+yeartidefan

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    Was a great fit...loved GS.....
    However...........how close was Bama to not playing for the NC.....
    If we in CF had instan replay.....would not have been Bama....
    In the Miss State game late in second half with Bama behind....Barker was stripped of ball....refs called it an incomplete pass...MSU had picked up the ball and run it in...Bama would have been 2 scores down..very late in 4th....as it was....the ball was clearly a fumble...
    And bama kept the ball and scored...beating MSU.....
     
  3. gc90

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    that 92 team had some who also shared their time with Pruitt.

    Did not realize there would be some overlap ... guys like Proctor.
     
  4. bamachine

    bamachine Master Debater

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    I covered Pruitt or rather I covered his team(Plainview) for a local fishwrap, back in the day. He was kinda a prick to his teammates. I was afraid he would be a cancer as a DC for Bama. Glad I was wrong.
     
  5. TerryP

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    Pruitt is still a prick--no "kinda" about that description. I don't know if you were around back then but he was described that way, verbatim, here. :wave: I'm sure ass and a few others were used as well.

    Funny, my concern lay with him on the recruiting trail based on seeing him get run out of Mobile (and Saban changing recruiters down there.) I don't consider him to be the strongest recruiter on the team by any means but he does have a few aces up his sleeve now he didn't when he was in Tuscaloosa last time: two DC positions at some big named schools.
     
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    bamachine Master Debater

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    ^I did not attend Bama, except for a few frat parties. I went to JSU and I had left there by '92, when I was covering Plainview football, as a sportswriter for the DeKalb Advertiser.
     
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    I graduated Bama in '92. Those are my guys! RTR!
     
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    Terry, what is the story on recruiting this year? Are we really going to be this bad? Maybe this should be in a different thread, but if you could give the two sentence answer I'd like to hear it.
     
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    "Be this bad?"

    They are being selective with the first few offers coming after camps. It's a smaller than normal class due to limited numbers, but bad?

    Here's something you may have considered, briefly, but haven't put a lot of thought into yet ...

    With the coaching turmoil you're seeing everywhere the staff is getting contacts with a lot of committed players--as in committed elsewhere. As a result, you're going to see some kids looking elsewhere (IE: Texas kids looking at Texas schools.)

    Over three months until signing day...and this year will have as many, if not more, shake-ups with commitments.
     
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    I may have missed it .. have DVRed it.

    But I saw no photos no articles on that...
     
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    I saw a very short clip with a closeup of Dabo. He was making sure he didn't stand out.
     
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    rick4bama Bama Fan since 1965 and counting.... HARRY'S

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    Yes they showed clips on video boards
    And the coolest thing
    They called out DABO..he stepped forward...
    And Bama fans gave him a hugh ovation
    And he smiled and waved.
    He was back at home!!!!
     
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    Coach Stallings is one tough hombre. :clap:
     
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    31st on Rivals but I don't follow it day by day. So, yeah. Looks pretty bad right now.
     
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    rick4bama Bama Fan since 1965 and counting.... HARRY'S

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    For a man that just had a heart attack. Two week in a row that he being at the schools that won a championship team.
     
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    Tough cookie. But looked so weak
    GS is just awesome
     

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