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The Dawning Of A New Day
John Underwood
September 19, 1983
Bear Bryant's successor as Alabama coach, Ray Perkins, gets off to a good early start in the demanding business of following a legend
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September 19, 1983

The Dawning Of A New Day

Bear Bryant's successor as Alabama coach, Ray Perkins, gets off to a good early start in the demanding business of following a legend

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CALLER: "I'm looking forward to the upcoming season, and I was just wondering if you were."

PERKINS (He waits for the crowd to stop laughing. He's not the natural Bryant was with an audience, but he makes a good effort at being wry): "I'll probably show up."

CALLER (in a small voice): "I want to come to Alabama to play football for you, Coach Perkins."

PERKINS: "HOW old are you, Son?"

CALLER: "Five."

PERKINS: "Good. I'll see you in 11 or 12 years."

CALLER: "How come no names on the jerseys this year, Coach?"

PERKINS: "Because we haven't won a national championship with names on jerseys. And, I admit, I'm superstitious."

CALLER: "I've got a real important question to ask you, Coach."

PERKINS: "Shoot."

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