Former Alabama coach Ray Perkins passes away


NORTHPORT, Ala. – Ray Perkins, a former University of Alabama football coach, died Wednesday morning at his home in Northport. He was 79. reports that Ray Perkins coached at the pro and college levels for over 40 years. 

Perkins is best known among college football fans as the man who succeeded Paul “Bear” Bryant as head coach at Alabama, according to

The report says that Perkins had been dealing with heart issues for the past couple of years.

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