This Day In Sports History (November 28th) — Paul “Bear” Bryant

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It was on this day in 1981 that Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant broke the record for most wins by a college football coach.  He would earn his record-breaking 315th career victory with a 28-17 win over Bama’s biggest rival, Auburn.

The Tide would go on to win their ninth SEC championship that season before losing to Texas in the Cotton Bowl.  The 1981 season was the second last of Bryant’s coaching career.  During his time as a college football head coach, he would earn 12 SEC Coach of the Year awards, 3 AFCA Coach of the Year awards, 14 SEC championships and 6 national championships.

Bryant finished his career with 323 wins.  His record was eventually broken by John Gagliardi in 1996.  Joe Paterno, Eddie Robinson, and Bobby Bowden have also passed Bryant’s mark in recent years.  Gagliardi remains the all-time college football wins leader with 484 career wins, however, many of those victories occurred at the Division-III level.  As for the all-time Division-I leader in wins, that would be Robinson with 408.  His record had actually been broken when Paterno recorded his 409th victory in 2011, but 111 of his wins were later vacated due to the Penn State sex scandal.

Here is a look at Bear Bryant talking to his incoming freshmen.

Notable Birthdays

Marc-Andre Fleury, NHL – Born November 28, 1984 (age 28) in Sorel, Quebec

Andrew Bogut, NBA – Born November 28, 1984 (age 28) in Endeavour Hills, Australia

Fabio Grosso, Soccer – Born November 28, 1977 (age 35) in Rome, Italy

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