Chasing the Bear: How Bear Bryant and Nick Saban Made Alabama the Greatest College Football Program of All Time

Lars Anderson. Grand Central, $28 (304p) ISBN 978-1-5387-1648-9
Sportswriter Anderson (The Storm and the Tide) draws on his decades of experience writing about the Alabama Crimson Tide football team in this fascinating dual biography of two legendary college football coaches. Anderson tells the story of how Bear Bryant and Nick Saban created college football’s most successful dynasty, but rather than provide a season-by-season account, he illuminates the uncanny similarities in character between the two men who created the titan of Alabama football. In chapters that alternate between Bryant arriving at Alabama in 1958 and Saban in 2007, Anderson shows how the two men­­­—both from small-town, working-class families—felt drawn to the University Alabama and how their work ethics bore similarities, such as Bryant making football “a year-round activity” with a “torturous off-season” and Saban’s legendary emphasis on discipline (Anderson recalls Saban’s first comments to his new Alabama team were for them to sit up straight in their chairs). Anderson discusses their similar drive as coaches to uncover “what they were going to do tomorrow to get better.” This is a must-read for devotees of college football, Crimson Tide fans or not. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/09/2019
Release date: 09/03/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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