Category Archives: Bert Bank

Good Wednesday morning update

It’s time again to take a look at what is making news in the Alabama athletics universe.

  • The web is loaded with stories about Alabama Football Network founder Bert Bank’s death including the one I wrote. Check out a few more here, here and here. He was a member of that special generation of Americans and will certainly by missed by those who knew him.
  • The College World Series is down to a winner-take-all Game 3 tonight after LSU couldn’t finish off Texas last night in Omaha. The 5-1 Longhorn win means one final game and I wouldn’t recommend missing it.
  • In case you missed it, check out this column I wrote for Wednesday’s paper. Let me know if you agree/disagree in the comment section below.
  • No shocker here: Tim Tebow was selected as the SEC male athlete of the year. There is no denying that guy’s ability.

Football network founder Bert Bank dies

From the Assoicated Press this afternoon:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Bert Bank, a World War II veteran who became a state legislator and founded the Alabama Football Network, has died.

Relatives said Bank died Monday night in Tuscaloosa at age 94. He had been admitted to a hospital over the weekend.

Bank survived the Bataan Death March in World War II. Then he was twice elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and once to the state Senate.

Bank founded two radio stations in Tuscaloosa and started the Alabama Football Network to produce Crimson Tide football games. He remained producer emeritus until his death.

The family has not announced funeral arrangements.

I just found a video of Bank receiving an honorary degree from the university last December.