Hal Self (September 22, 1922 – June 6, 2008) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama from 1949 to 1969. As a quarterback at the University of Alabama, he played in all four major bowl games: Orange, Cotton, Sugar, and Rose. Self was draft by the Brooklyn Tigers in the 1945 NFL Draft but opted to stay in college.
|Born||March 4, 1920|
|Died||June 6, 2008 (aged 88)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1947–1948||Athens HS (AL)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
15–5 (high school)
The 1944 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1944 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 50th overall and 11th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Frank Thomas, in his 13th year, and played their home games at Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Legion Field in Birmingham and at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. They finished the season with a record of five wins, two losses and two ties (5–2–2 overall, 3–1–2 in the SEC) and with a loss in the Sugar Bowl against Duke.
After a tie against LSU to open the season, Alabama then defeated both Howard and Millsaps before they dueled Tennessee to a scoreless tie in the fourth week. The Crimson Tide then defeated Kentucky before they suffered their only regular season loss against Georgia. Alabama then closed the season with wins over both Ole Miss and Mississippi State and secured a position in the Sugar Bowl where they lost to Duke.
The 1944 squad marked the return of football at Alabama after a one-year hiatus for the 1943 season due to the effects of World War II. However as the war effort was ongoing at that time, the 1944 team was composed of players who were either too young and/or physically unable to enlist in the military. As the squad was generally smaller than both previous Alabama squads and than many they competed against, coach Thomas called this and the 1945 team the "War Babies."1945 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
The 1945 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1945 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 51st overall and 12th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Frank Thomas, in his 14th year, and played their home games at Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Legion Field in Birmingham and at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. They finished with a perfect season (10–0 overall, 6–0 in the SEC) and with a victory in the Rose Bowl over USC. This team was the second season of the "War Babies" as coined by head coach Thomas.The Crimson Tide opened the season on the road with a victory over Keesler AAF after Jackson Army Air Base canceled their game at Denny Stadium. Alabama then defeated LSU in Baton Rouge before their first home win of the season at the Cramton Bowl over South Carolina. After victories over both Tennessee and Georgia at Legion Field, the Crimson Tide routed both Kentucky and Vanderbilt on the road to extend their record to 7–0. They then closed the season with a pair of games at Denny Stadium where they defeated the Pensacola NAS and Mississippi State to complete an undefeated regular season. One month later, Alabama won the Rose Bowl over USC to finish the season undefeated.
The 1945 season was the fourth perfect season in Alabama history, following the perfect seasons of 1925, 1930 and 1934. However, Alabama did not win the national championship in 1945; that honor went to the Army Cadets team that went 9–0 and outscored its opponents by a 412–46 margin. The Crimson Tide finished second in the AP poll behind the Cadets.1945 NFL Draft
The 1945 National Football League Draft was held on April 8, 1945, at the Commodore Hotel in New York City, New York.1946 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
The 1946 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1946 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 52nd overall and 13th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Frank Thomas, in his 15th year, and played their home games at Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Legion Field in Birmingham and at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. They finished with a record of seven wins and four losses (7–4 overall, 4–3 in the SEC).
After the Crimson Tide opened the season with four consecutive victories over Furman, Tulane, South Carolina and Southwestern Louisiana, Alabama's 14-game winning streak was snapped when they lost to Tennessee 12–0. One week later, the Crimson Tide faced off against Kentucky and their young new coach, Bear Bryant, and won by a score of 21–7, before they lost consecutive games to Georgia and LSU. Alabama then closed the season with a victory over Vanderbilt, a loss to Boston College in their first game ever played in New England, and an upset victory over Mississippi State on homecoming in the season finale.
Over the course of the season, Frank Thomas was riddled with health issues that ultimately led to his resignation as head coach. In January 1947, Harold Drew was named as the 17th head coach of the Crimson Tide.1946 Rose Bowl
The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946, was a college football bowl game, the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the underdog Trojans 34–14. It was Alabama’s sixth and final trip to the Rose Bowl and Coach Thomas' final bowl trip as a coach.Bobby Wallace (American football)
Robert Hue Wallace (born September 17, 1954) is a retired American football coach. He was most recently the head football coach at the University of North Alabama, a position he held from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2012-2016. Wallace served as the head football coach at Temple University from 1998 to 2005 and at the University of West Alabama from 2006 to 2010. He led the North Alabama Lions to three consecutive NCAA Division II Football Championships, from 1993 to 1995.Chris Willis (American football)
Chris Willis (born February 2, 1974) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at the University of North Alabama. Willis was named as the 10th head football coach in North Alabama history on December 22, 2016. Willis previously served under head coaches Mark Hudspeth, Terry Bowden and Bobby Wallace with the Lions.List of Alabama Crimson Tide players in the NFL draft
The University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team has had 355 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. This includes 61 players taken in the first round and two overall number one picks, Harry Gilmer in the 1948 NFL draft and Joe Namath in the 1965 AFL draft. 29former Alabama players have been selected to a Pro Bowl, 31 have won a championship with their respective teams and eight have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl). Prior to the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues held a multiple-round "common draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the common draft became the NFL draft.List of Alabama Crimson Tide starting quarterbacks
This is a list of every Alabama Crimson Tide football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
Alabama quarterbacks have played prominent roles in American society off the gridiron as well. Both Farley Moody and Charlie Joplin died while serving in the First World War.Mark Hudspeth
Mark Hudspeth (born November 10, 1968) is an American football coach, currently the head coach at Austin Peay State. Hudspeth was a four-year football letterman at Delta State University, head coach at the University of North Alabama, an assistant coach (wide receivers and passing game coordinator) at Mississippi State under head coach Dan Mullen, and head coach at Louisiana–Lafayette.Mickey Andrews
Mickey Andrews (born May 20, 1942) is an American football coach. He the special assistant to head football coach Willie Taggart at Florida State University. Andrewsserved as the head football coach at Livingston University—now known as the University of West Alabama from 1970 to 1972 and at the University of North Alabama from 1973 to 1976. Andrews was the defensive coordinator at Florida State for 26 seasons, from 1984 to 2009, under head coach Bobby Bowden.North Alabama Lions football
The North Alabama Lions football team represents the University of North Alabama (UNA) in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference for all sports except football, where they are transitioning to the Football Championship Subdivision competing as an Independent for the 2018 season, then as a member of the Atlantic Sun-affiliated Big South Conference beginning in 2019. UNA plays its home games at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama. They are currently coached by Chris Willis. UNA was a member of Division II from 1972 to 2017.
The Lions are distinguished as the only team to win three consecutive football national championships in NCAA Division II. UNA's 27 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the Division II polls also comprise the longest stretch of consecutive No. 1 rankings in football in NCAA history on any level. UNA is the last Division II team to beat a Division I-A (FBS) team, defeating Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana) on October 11, 1997. In 2016, UNA won their fourth consecutive Gulf South Conference championship — a conference record.Southeastern Conference football individual awards
Coaches and media of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) bestow the following individual awards at the end of each college football season.Terry Bowden
Terry Wilson Bowden (born February 24, 1956) is a football college coach, previously the head coach of the football team at the University of Akron. Bowden was previously head coach at Salem University (1983–1985), Samford University (1987–1992), Auburn University (1993–1998), and the University of North Alabama (2009–2011). Bowden is a son of former Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden and a brother of Tommy Bowden, former head football coach at Clemson University, and Jeff Bowden, the former offensive coordinator at Florida State who served as Terry's special teams coordinator at Akron.