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'Bama history changed on handshake, and trip to LA

Updated: January 2, 2010, 11:44 AM ET
Associated Press

Bear Bryant of Alabama and John McKay of Southern California were friends because they could be -- two coaches who enjoyed a round of golf, a good joke and didn't have to worry about stepping on each other since they worked on opposite sides of the country.

Back in the late 1960s, presumably over 18 holes, they shook hands on a home-and-home series that would change Alabama football forever.

The first game, in Birmingham in 1970, is widely viewed as one of the critical steps in bringing ...

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