FBI tracked Alabama, ‘Bear’ Bryant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Forty years ago, Alabama football fans watched Southern California and a black running back named Sam Cunningham trounce coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Crimson Tide in a game widely credited with helping start the integration of Southern football.

Fans weren’t the only ones watching Alabama football back then.

The FBI, apparently with the approval of then-director J. Edgar Hoover, was secretly keeping an eye on a civil rights lawsuit filed by blacks against the legendary coach during the same period.

ESPN.com
8/23/10