DIED: Former college football Coach PAUL WILLIAM (Bear) BRYANT, 69, of a heart attack in Tuscaloosa. Ala., only 28 days after his retirement following 25 years as the Alabama coach. In 38 seasons at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama, Bryant became the winningest college football coach ever, leading his teams to a 323-85-17 record, 15 Bowl victories in a record 29 appearances and six national championships, three outright and three shared. Fifty-four of his players were All-America; one, John David Crow, won a Heisman Trophy and another, Bob Gain, an Outland Trophy. Forty-seven men who played or coached under Bryant became head college or pro coaches.
DEL RICE, 60, a former catcher who batted .237 and hit 79 home runs for five teams during a 17-year major league career (1945-61). The Minor League Manager of the Year in 1971, Rice was skipper of the California Angels in '72, guiding them to a 75-80 mark. He also played two years of basketball as a guard with the Rochester Royals.