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1960s
Bear Bryant

In 1960, Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant could have been the best coach never to win a national championship. He had come close at Kentucky in 1950 and at Texas A&M in 1957 and had a record of 103-45-11 (.682). In the first seven years of the 1960s, however, Bryant won three national championships (1961, 1964 and 1965), laid claim to a fourth (1966) and had a record of 68-6-3 (.903). Bryant won running the ball and passing the ball. He won with a one-platoon team and, for awhile, with a two-platoon team. By the end of the decade, the small, quick players that Bryant loved couldn't beat the big, quick players the Crimson Tide played. In the 1970s, Bryant adjusted again. Integration and the Wishbone led to three more No. 1s.