Interesting Facts About The University of Alabama

Ibrahim Abass

  1. The legend, Paul Bear Bryant, said he’d “croak in a week” if he were to stop coaching. Sure enough, he passed away only 27 days after his final game.
  2. The nickname “Crimson Tide” was made popular by Zipp Newman following an Alabama vs. Auburn game. The teams played in a “sea” of red mud and the underdogs, Alabama, tied the game 6-6.
  3. The first Alabama vs. Auburn game was played on February 22, 1893.
  4. The University of Alabama has a men and women’s wheelchair basketball program. This program is one of four in the country!
  5. The President’s mansion is one of seven to survive the burning of the campus by Union troops in 1865. It was protected by the the president’s wife.
  6. There are rumors that there is an underground passageway linking the President’s mansion to Gorgas library.
  7. Contrary to popular belief, you will NOT receive free tuition if you are hit by a university bus.
  8. UA’s Greek system is the largest in the country, by membership.
  9. There is a rare books collection at Hoole Library with the earliest print dating back to 1493.
  10. That pile of bricks next to the sidewalk leading to Lloyd Hall? Those are a marker of Madison Hall, an antebellum dorm burned by Union troops in 1865. The bricks were the only thing left of the building and the formation was constructed in 1975 after the site was first excavated.