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CRIMSON WHAT?
In the program's earlier days, the Tide was called the varsity or the Crimson White after the school's colors. The Tide's first nickname was the The Thin Red Line. The name was used until 1906, and then the era of 'The Crimson Tide began. The name was supposedly first used by Hugh Roberts, the former editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald. He used the term when describing an Alabama-Auburn game played in Birmingham in 1907, which was the last match-up between the teams until 1948. The game was played in a sea of mud and Auburn was the favorite to win. Bama held Auburn to a 6-6 tie and later gained the name Crimson Tide. The tradition of the name, Crimson Tide was probably popularized by former Birmingham News editor, Zipp Newman.

 

 
ALABAMA: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coach Year Wins Losses Ties
Wallace Wade 1925 11 0 0
Wallace Wade 1926 9 0 1
Wallace Wade 1930 10 0 0
Frank Thomas 1934 10 0 0
Frank Thomas 1941 9 2 0
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1961 11 0 0
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1964 10 1 0
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1965 9 1 1
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1973 11 1 0
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1978 11 1 0
Paul "Bear" Bryant 1979 12 0 0
Gene Stallings 1992 13 0 0
Nick Saban 2009 14 0 0
Nick Saban 2011 12 1 0
Nick Saban 2012 13 1 0
 
 
BOWL RECORDS
1926 Rose - Alabama 20, Wash 19
1927 Rose - Alabama 7, Stanford 7
1931 Rose - Alabama 24, Wash State 0
1935 Rose - Alabama 29, Stanford 13
1938 Rose - California 13, Alabama 0
1942 Cotton - Alabama 29, Texas A&M 21
1943 Orange - Alabama 37, Boston Col 21
1945 Sugar - Duke 29, Alabama 26
1946 Rose - Alabama 34, Southern Cal 14
1948 Sugar - Texas 27, Alabama 7
1953 Orange - Alabama 61, Syracuse 6
1954 Cotton - Rice 28, Alabama 6
1959 Liberty - Penn State 7, Alabama 0
1960 Bluebonnet - Alabama 3, Texas 3
1961-62 Sugar - Alabama 10, Arkansas 3
1962-63 Orange - Alabama 17, Okla 10
1963-64 Sugar - Alabama 12, Mississippi 7
1964-65 Orange - Texas 21, Alabama 17
1965-66 Orange - Alabama 39, Nebraska 28
1966-67 Sugar - Alabama 34, Nebraska 7
1967-68 Cotton - Texas A&M 20, Alabama 16
1968 Gator - Missouri 35, Alabama 10
1969 Liberty - Colorado 47, Alabama 33
1970 Bluebonnet - Alabama 24, Okla 24
1971-72 Orange - Nebraska 38, Alabama 6
1972-73 Cotton - Texas 17, Alabama 13
1973 Sugar - Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
1974-75 Orange - Notre Dame 13, Ala 11
1975 Sugar - Alabama 13, Penn State 6
1976 Liberty - Alabama 36, UCLA 6
1977-78 Sugar - Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
1978-79 Sugar - Alabama 14, Penn State 7
1979-80 Sugar - Alabama 24, Arkansas 9
1981 Cotton - Alabama 30, Baylor 2
1982 Cotton - Texas 14, Alabama 12
1982 Liberty - Alabama 21, Illinois 15
1983 Sun - Alabama 28, SMU 7
1985 Aloha - Alabama 24, Southern Cal 7
1986 Sun - Alabama 28, Washington 6
1987-88 Hall of Fame - Michigan 28, Ala 24
1988 Sun - Alabama 29, Army 28
1989-90 Sugar - Miami 33, Alabama 25
1990-91 Fiesta - Louisville 34, Alabama 7
1991 Blockbuster - Ala 30, Colorado 25
1992-93 Sugar - Alabama 34, Miami 13
1993 Gator - Alabama 24, North Carolina 10
1994-95 Citrus - Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
1997 Outback - Alabama 17, Michigan 14
1998 Music City - Virg Tech 38, Alabama 7
1999 Orange - Michigan 35, Alabama 34
2001 Independence - Iowa St 13, Alabama 14
2004 Music City - Minnesota 20, Alabama 16
2005 Cotton - Alabama 13, Texas Tech 10
2006 Independence - Alabama 31, Oklahoma State 34
2007 Independence - Alabama 30, Colorado 24
2008 Sugar - Utah 31, Alabama 17
2009 BCS Championship - Alabama 37, Texas 21
2010 Capital One - Alabama49, Michigan State 7
2011 BCS Championship - Alabama 21, LSU 0
2012 BCS Championship - Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14
2013 Sugar - Alabama 31, Oklahoma 45
2014 Sugar - Alabama 35, Ohio State 42
 
 
ALL-TIME COACHING RECORDS AT ALABAMA
Coach Year Wins Losses
E.B. Beaumont 1892 2 2
Eli Abbott 1893-96, 1902 10 15
Allen McCants 1897-1898 1 3
W.A. Martin 1899 3 1
M. Griffin 1900 2 3
M. H. Harvey 1901 2 1
W.B. Blount 1903-1904 10 7
Jack Leavenworth 1905 6 4
J.W. H. Pollard 1906-1909 4 5
Guy Lowman 1910 4 4
D.V. Graves 1911-1914 21 12
Thomas Kelly 1915-1917 17 7
Xen C. Scott 1919-1922 29 9
Wallace Wade 1923-1930 61 13
Frank Thomas 1931-1946 115 24
H.D. Drew 1947-1954 54 28
J.B. Whitworth 1955-1957 4 24
Paul W. Bryant 1958-1982 232 46
Ray Perkins 1983-1986 32 15
Bill Curry 1987-1989 26 10
Gene Stallings 1990-1996 70 17
Mike Dubose 1997-2000 24 23
Dennis Franchione 2001-2002 17 8
Mike Price Summer 2003 (ha) 0 0
Mike Shula 2003-2006 26 23
Joe Kines (Interim [Ind. Bowl]) 2006 0 1
Nick Saban 2007-Present
(including vs 2015 Cotton Bowl)
105 18
ALL TIME TOTALS 875 323
 

 
WHERE DID THE ELEPHANT MASCOT COME FROM?
The tale goes back to the Tide's 1930 season when the Tide had an impressive 10-0 record and shut out eight opponents and allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217 points themselves record under Coach Wallace Wade.

Atlanta Journal sports writer Everett Strupper wrote about the Alabama-Mississippi game that he had witnessed four day earlier in Tuscaloosa. "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast and aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes.

"Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of the ground."At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity.

"It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size."

Across the country, the Alabama linemen became known as the "Red Elephants."

 

 
TIDE ALL-AMERICANS
1915 - W.T. "Bully" VandeGraaff, Tackle
1925 - A.T.S. "Pooley" Hubert, QB
1926 - Hoyt "Wu" Winslett, End
1929 - Tony Holm, Fullback; Fred Sington, Tackle
1930 - John Suther, Halfback, Fred Sington, Tackle
1931 - Johnny Cain, Fullback
1932 - Johnny Cain, Fullback
1933 - Tom Hupke, Guard
1934 - Millard "Dixie" Howell, Back; Don Hutson, End; Bill Lee, Tackle
1935 - Riley Smith, Back
1936 - Arthur "Tarzan" White, Guard; James L. "Bubber" Nesbit, Fullback
1937 - Joe Kilgrow, Halfback; Leroy Monsky, Guard; James Ryba, Tackle
1939 - Carey Cox, Center
1941 - Holt Rast, End
1942 - Joe Domnanovich, Center; Don Whitmire, Off. Tackle
1945 - Harry Gilmer, Halfback; Vaughn Mancha, Center
1950 - Ed Salem, Halfback
1952 - Bobby Marlow, Halfback
1954 - George Mason, Off. Tackle
1961 - Billy Neighbors, Def. Tackle
1962 - Lee Roy Jordan, Center
1964 - Wayne Freeman, Off. Guard; Dan Kearley, Off. Tackle; Joe Namath, QB; David Ray, Halfback
1965 - Paul Crane, Center; Steve Sloan, QB
1966 - Richard Cole, Def. Tackle; Cecil Dowdy, Off. Tackle; Bobby Johns, Def. Back; Ray Perkins, Split End
1967 - Dennis Homan, Split End; Bobby Johns, Def. Back; Kenny Stabler, QB
1968 - Sam Gellerstedt, Def. Guard; Mike Hall, Linebacker
1969 - Alvin Samples, Off. Guard
1970 - Johnny Musso, Tailback
1971 - John Hannah, Off. Guard; Johnny Musso, Tailback
1972 - John Hannah, Off. Guard; Jim Krapf, Center; John Mitchell, Def. End
1973 - Buddy Brown, Off. Tackle; Woodrow Lowe, Linebacker; Wayne Wheeler, Split End
1974 - Leroy Cook, Def. End; Sylvester Croom, Center; Woodrow Lowe, Linebacker; Mike Washington, CB
1975 - Leroy Cook, Def. End; Woodrow Lowe, Linebacker
1977 - Ozzie Newsome, Wide Receiver

1978 - Barry Krauss, Linebacker; Barry Krauss, Linebacker; Marty Lyons, Def. Tackle
1979 - Jim Bunch, Off. Tackle; Don McNeal, Cornerback; Dwight Stephenson, Center
1980 - Thomas Boyd, Linebacker; E.J. Junior, Def. End
1981 - Thomas Boyd, Linebacker; Tommy Wilcox, Safety
1982 - Jeremiah Castille, Cornerback; Mike Pitts, Def. End; Tommy Wilcox, Safety
1984 - Cornelius Bennett, Outside LB;
1985 - Cornelius Bennett, Outside LB; Jon Hand, Def. Tackle
1986 - Cornelius Bennett, Outside LB; Bobby Humphrey, RB; Van Tiffin, Placekicker
1987 - Bobby Humphrey, RB
1988 - Derrick Thomas, Linebacker; Kermit Kendrick, Safety; Larry Rose, Off. Guard
1989 - Keith McCants, Linebacker; John Mangum, Cornerback
1990 - Philip Doyle, Placekicker
1991 - Robert Stewart, Nosetackle
1992 - John Copeland, Def. End; Eric Curry, Def. End; Antonio Langham, Cornerback
1993 - Antonio Langham, Cornerback; David Palmer, Wide Receiver; Michael Proctor, Placekicker
1994 - Jay Barker, QB; Michael Proctor, Placekicker
1996 - Kevin Jackson, Strong Safety; Michael Myers, Def. End; Dwyane Rudd, Linebacker
1999 - Chris Samuels, Offensive Tackle; Shaun Alexander, Tailback
2005 - DeMeco Ryans, Strong Linebacker
2008 - Andre Smith, Offensive Tackle; Terrence Cody, Nose Tackle
2009 - Mark Ingram, Running Back; Mike Johnson, Guard; Leigh Tiffin, Placekicker; Terrence Cody, Nose Tackle; Rolando McClain, Linebacker; Javier Arenas, Cornerback
2010 - Mark Barron, Safety
2011 - Mark Barron, Safety; Dont'a Hightower, Linebacker; Barrett Jones, Offensive Tackle; Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback; DeQuan Menzie, Cornerback; Trent Richardson, Running Back; Courtney Upshaw, Linebacker
2012 - Barrett Jones, Center; Dee Milliner, Cornerback; C.J. Mosley, Linebacker; Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard
2013 - Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety; Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive Tackle; A.J. McCarron, Quarterback; C.J. Mosley, Linebacker
 

 
MILLION DOLLAR BAND HISTORY

The Million Dollar Band began life in 1914 as a fourteen-member unit under Dr. Gustav Wittig, who led the group for 3 years. It became a military band in 1917 and was led by students until 1927, when Captain H. H. Turner assumed command. Captain Turner was succeeded in 1935 by Colonel Carleton K. Butler, who carried the band to national prominence.

The name "Million Dollar Band" was bestowed in 1922 by W. C. "Champ" Pickens, an Alabama alumnus. Accounts of how the name evolved vary. In the 1948 Alabama football media guide, it was described this way:

"At the time the band was named (1922), it was having a hard struggle. The only way they could get to Georgia Tech for a game was by soliciting funds from the merchants. They usually had to ride all night in a day coach, and we thought it was swell when we finally got a tourist sleeper and put two to a lower and two to an upper berth."

Thus, because of the band's fund raising prowess, Pickens called it the "Million Dollar Band." During that same Georgia Tech game in 1922 (won 33-7 by the Tech Yellow Jackets), an Atlanta sportswriter commented to Pickens, "You don't have much of a team; what do you have at Alabama?" Pickens replied, "A Million Dollar Band."

  • 1914-17 Dr. Gustav Wittig
  • 1917-27 (led by students)
  • 1927-1934 Captain H. H. Turner
  • 1935-1968 Colonel Carleton K. Butler
  • 1969 Earl Dunn
  • 1970-1983 Dr. James Ferguson
  • 1984-2002 Kathryn Scott
  • 2003-present Dr. Kenneth Ozzello

    YEA ALABAMA! Lyrics

    Yea, Alabama! Drown 'em Tide!
    Every 'Bama man's behind you,
    Hit your stride.

    Go teach the Bulldogs to behave,
    Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave.

    And if a man starts to weaken,
    That's a shame!
    For Bama's pluck and grit have
    Writ her name in Crimson flame.

    Fight on, fight on, fight on men!
    Remember the Rose Bowl, we'll win then.

    So roll on to victory,
    Hit your stride,
    You're Dixie's football pride,
    Crimson Tide, Roll Tide, Roll Tide!!

    ALMA MATER Lyrics

    Alabama, listen, Mother,
    To our vows of love,
    To thyself and to each other,
    Faithful friends we'll prove.

    Faithful, loyal, firm and true,
    Heart bound to heart will beat.
    Year by year, the ages through
    Until in Heaven we meet.

    College days are swiftly fleeting,
    Soon we'll leave their halls
    Ne'er to join another meeting
    'Neath their hallowed walls.

    Faithful, loyal, firm and true
    Heart bound to heart will beat
    Year by year, the ages through
    Until in Heaven we meet.

    So, farewell, dear Alma Mater
    May thy name, we pray,
    Be rev'renced ever, pure and stainless
    As it is today.

    Faithful, loyal, firm and true
    Heart bound to heart will beat
    Year by year, the ages through
    Until in Heaven we meet.

    - Helen Vickers, 1908