No. They never played.
No. Prior to taking over at the University of Alabama, Bear Bryant was the head coach of the University of Maryland (1945), University of Kentucky (1946-1953), and Texas A&M (1954-1957). Bryant coached teams against Alabama twice, both as head coach of Kentucky. On October 19, 1946 Kentucky lost 21-7 and on November 1, 1947 Kentucky lost 13-0.
AnswerYes. Joe Paterno spent one year in the military before attending university.
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Paul "Bear" Bryant holds the record for most wins ever among Southeastern Conference (SEC) football coaches with 323.
No, he was not. In 1969, Joe Paterno did turn down the offer to become the head coach for the Steelers. That position was then given to Chuck Noll.
Notre Dame and Alabama have played a total of 6 times. Notre Dame won 5 and Alabama won once. Surprisingly Bear Bryant never beated Notre Dame with 4 tries. Notre Dame leads the scoring with 112-86.