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Matchup sparks memories of Bear

Updated: September 11, 2010, 10:52 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

What Penn State and Alabama will renew on Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium is not exactly a rivalry. The teams haven't played in 20 years. It is more like a reunion.

The Nittany Lions and the Crimson Tide will always be divided by the Mason-Dixon Line. Yet they are brought together by a mutual respect for the way their iconic coaches built their programs, the fundamentals of football -- and life -- that Joe Paterno and Paul "Bear" Bryant represent.

Those ...

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