The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

September 11, 2013

Fans criticize Alabama athletics Facebook post

TUSCALOOSA — A post on the University of Alabama athletics Facebook page drew ire from fans for asking them to change their profile pictures to an image of late coach Bear Bryant's houndstooth hat.

The request was to celebrate what would have been Bryant's 100th birthday Wednesday. Most of the hundreds of comments criticized the timing because it also marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

One response stated it's "not a good day to remember a football coach. We need to honor our fallen heroes."

Another noted: "Thousands died on this day 12 years ago, and you want to have us recognize a football coach instead?"

Alabama spokesman Doug Walker had no comment.

The post asked fans to change their pictures "to celebrate Coach Bryant's life and legacy."

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee