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So fashion was not his forte; winning was.
Coach Paul Bryant scandal? Depends on whom you ask.
Everyone knows Coach Bryant's grit, determination and hard work, and the fact he expected the same out of his players.
What many in recent decades have forgotten is that, in some quarters, during his early years in Tuscaloosa, Coach Bryant had a reputation for teaching his players to play "dirty" in an effort to win at all costs. This charge was loudest after one of Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Dodd's players was severely injured in a game against 'Bama, setting off the Atlanta press.
The SEC's policies on oversigning players was the primary reason for Dodd leading Georgia Tech's charge out of the conference, according to him in his autobiography (h/t oversigning.com), though this incident was on Dodd's mind for a long time.
And that's not all; Coach Bryant was also accused by The Saturday Evening Post of fixing a 1962 game between Alabama and Georgia with Bulldogs head coach Wally Butts. The latter coach sued The Saturday Evening Post's publisher, Curtis Publishing Company, and won $3,060,000 on behalf of himself and Bryant.
Coach Bryant denied both sets of claims, but his reputation in the early 1960s took some strong hits. There were even some who called for his resignation.
That's when many noticed a change in the coach. According to one book about these incidents, Fumble, by James Kirby, Bryant began working to insure that no one could besmirch his or the University's reputation.
In fact, his reputation began to change from that of a win-at-all-costs firebrand to one of a tough but kindly father figure, the idol of the 'Bama Nation, that he rightfully remains today.