November 10, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama fans take photos by the statue of former Alabama coach Paul Bear Bryant before their football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football: 7 Degrees of Alabama Crimson Tide

Kentucky finishes their murderers row of opponents this week as they face the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this Saturday at 6:00pm EST in Lexington, KY (on ESPN2), Kentucky’s fourth straight top 25 opponent. The Crimson Tide are 35-2-1 against the Wildcats, with Kentucky’s last win coming in 1997. Let’s take a look at the Crimson Tide and their ties to Kentucky in tonight’s 7 Degrees.

  • “The University of Alabama”, as it is officially known, was the home to one of the largest Civil Rights moments in The United States in 1963. Two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, registered for classes on June 11 of that year despite public protest, including Alabama Governor George Wallace’s stance against the desegregation and his “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” speech.
  • Last month, 50 years later, two black female students officially participated in rush week activities at the University of Alabama. However, despite ‘impeccable academic and social credentials” neither received a bid from the 16 all-white sororities. Members of the sororities said it was due to alumnae pressure to avoid racial integration.
  • There is no word on the entry status of these two Crimson “Tide”Alabama fans.

  • Alabama fans are said to be to NCAA football what Kentucky fans are to NCAA basketball: Boisterous, perfection driven, and nearly insane. While having never seen a Kentucky fan with Adolph Rupp, I was able to find a Crimson Tide fan in more than just a detergent box…

  • Yes, that is one Bear Bryant on this ‘bama fans back. Bryant was the head coach at Alabama from 1958-1962 where he went 232–46–9 over his time, including 6 national championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, and 1979) and thirteen SEC championships.
  • Bear Bryant coached the Kentucky Wildcat football team from 1946-1953 where he went 60-23-6 and won an SEC title.

There you have it, 7 steps from the Tide to the Cats from Civil Rights to Bear Bryant.

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