Deaths Today In Sports History: 1986 - Frederick Pollard was the first African American head coach in the National Football League. Pollard died in 1986 at the age of 92. keepinitrealsports.tumblr.com keepinitrealsports.wordpress.com
Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant turned the tables on his Cotton Bowl rival. Texas A & M head coach Gene Stallings by showing up at a joint press conference wearing a pair of "Texas Aggies" cowboy boots. Bryant was given the boots by an alumnus when he was head coach at Texas A & M, after his 1956 Aggie team won the Southwest Conference championship. Stallings played for Bryant on that team and was later an assistant coach at Alabama for Bryant before taking the A & M head coaching job.