On campus with Curt: The University of Alabama
On Campus with Curt: The University of Alabama
"Roll Tide"" is the rally cry for the University of Alabama, founded in 1831 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with a current enrollment of 36,000. In a 1913 speech, then-president George H. Denny professed the university as the "capstone of the public-school system in the state" lending the university its current nickname, The Capstone.
The University of Alabama varsity football program-nicknamed the Crimson Tide-which was inaugurated in 1892, ranks as one of the 10 winningest programs in US history.
The University's influence in pop culture is strong, including being featured in the films "Forrest Gump" and "Crimson Tide." In music, multiple songs make reference to the University or the Crimson Tide, such as Steely Dan's song "Deacon Blues," Buddy Jewell's "Sweet Southern Comfort," Trace Adkins' "Ala-Freaking-Bama," and Tim McGraw's "Southern Voice."
Notable alumni include "Forest Gump" author Winston Groom; "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee; Seinfeld director Tom Cherones; legendary voice of the Yankees Mel Allen; ESPN analyst Rece Davis; MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough; "Big Shot Bob" NBA star Robert Horry; former NFL quarterbacks Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler; former Texas Tech football coach Steve Sloan; and Kathryn Stockett, author of "The Help."
By Curt Langford