Alabama’s Crimson White Offers Interesting Take on Paterno Legacy re: Bear Bryant (@TheCrimsonWhite)

In a piece published earlier today, The Crimson White at the University of Alabama offers an interesting take on the death and legacy of longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.  CW staffer Rich Robinson reports from the perspective of UA and Tuscaloosa, where similarly beloved coach Bear Bryant died close to 30 years ago.

As the article begins:

The Jan. 27, 1983 edition of The Crimson White ran eight pages with a total of 13 stories. All of them were about one man and how important he was to Tuscaloosa. Paul “Bear” Bryant died the previous afternoon at 1:30 p.m. of a massive heart attack at Druid City Hospital. He was 29 days removed from coaching his final football game.  The death of college football legend Joe Paterno Sunday from lung cancer rocked the snowy town of State College, Penn. much the same way the death of Bryant impacted the people of Tuscaloosa in 1983. Paterno had been at Penn State in some capacity since 1950 and is treated in the same vein in Happy Valley as Bryant is at Alabama. He died only 84 days after coaching his final football game.

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