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Bama fan legislator Bert Bank introduced bill to abolish Auburn University in 1973

Legendary University of Alabama supporter Bert Bank, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 94, created the Alabama Football Network and was pals with every Alabama coach from Wallace Wade to Mike Shula. He was also a former Alabama State Representative and Senator from Tuscaloosa, and lent his name to some notable legislation during the 1960s and 70s.

He introduced a bill that made burning American flags and draft cards a felony. He introduced a bill that put patriotism on the same academic level of reading and arithmetic in public schools.

And he introduced legislation to abolish Auburn University—you know… as a joke.

From the May 24, 1973 issue of the Auburn Plainsman:

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What is it they say about jokes—that there’s a little truth behind them? Especially after your team has two blocked punts returned for touchdowns in the final minutes of the game against your arch rival? I think that’s it.

Related: How Alabama’s yearbook remembers Punt, Bama, Punt.

Originally published July 3, 2013.

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