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Bama balked at Plainsman’s 1961 Loveliest of the Plains feature needling Bear Bryant over Darwin Holt incident vs. Georgia Tech

The brazen, earth-friendly act of vandalism committed behind Denny Chimes before Alabama won its first national championship (in 1961)? It received nary a mention.

No, what seemed to Bama’s SGA president a clear breech of the Auburn-Alabama Better Relations Committee pact to foster goodwill among the rivals leading up to the Iron Bowl was the Loveliest of the Plains feature for the Plainsman’s BEAT BAMA issue.

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Apparently, some at Bama were still sore about the suggestion Bear Bryant instructed his players to fracture their opponents’ faces. Probably not as sore as Georgia Tech’s Chick Graning, but still pretty sore…

The perfectly named editor of the Crimson-White, Sanders LaMont, actually thought the idea of Bryant demanding elbow room for his players was “funny as hell.”

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But Plainsman editor Jim Bullington still felt a need to respond to the criticism.

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It may have been the first overt jab at the Bear in the pages of the Plainsman. It would not be the last.

Related: Bama students vandalize their own campus with Auburn graffiti before Iron Bowl.

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