Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Too easy to say Bear Bryant was too slow to integrate Alabama football (Kevin Scarbinsky) | -One of those early pioneers, Sylvester Croom, knew Bryant better than most. Croom played and coached for Bryant at Alabama and later became the SEC's first black head football coach at Mississippi State. Given his own stature, Croom deserves the last word on Bryant's legacy in this area. He shared his thoughts in 2012 with "I really don't think it would have been possible for Coach Bryant to have brought black players on the team any earlier than he did," Croom said. "Coach Bryant knew what was going on at the other schools, and he always knew what he was doing - and did it at the right time." On this subject, when Croom speaks, the rest of us would do well to listen.


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