Who Has Been Harder to Replace, Bear or Wimp?
Over the past 50 years, two iconic coaches have come to define the identities of football and basketball for a large portion of the Alabama fan base.
Paul "Bear" Bryant brought home six national championships, 13 Southeastern Conference and experienced a larger than life status that continues to this day over his 25 seasons at Alabama.
Wimp Sanderson won five SEC Tournament titles, one regular season championship and took Crimson Tide basketball to 10 NCAA Tournament trips including six Sweet 16 appearance in 12 seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Following Coach Bryant's retirement and preceding Nick Saban's arrival, Alabama football brought home one national championship and three SEC titles under the combined efforts of Ray Perkins, Bill Curry, Gene Stallings, Mike Dubose, Dennis Franchione, Mike Price and Mike Shula.
Since Sanderson's departure in 1992, Alabama basketball has enjoyed just nine NCAA Tournament trips under the regimes of David Hobbs, Mark Gottfried, Anthony Grant and Avery Johnson.
During Thursday's edition of The Blitz, former Alabama fullback Martin Houston took calls and responses on social media concerning which coach has been harder to replace between Coach Bryant and Coach Sanderson.
In the video link above, Houston explains the expectations for Alabama football and Alabama basketball, Saban's ability to match and exceed Bryant's accomplishments and the difficulty for Alabama basketball to sustain Sanderson level excellence since 1992.
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