On this day in Alabama history: ‘Shug’ Jordan was born in Selma

On this day in Alabama history: ‘Shug’ Jordan was born in Selma
Auburn University football coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan, left, and University of Alabama (UA) coach Paul "Bear" Bryant during the Iron Bowl at Birmingham's Legion Field in 1975, the year Jordan retired. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, Courtesy of The Birmingham News)

September 25, 1910

Auburn University head football coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan was born in Selma. A gifted athlete in his own right, Jordan lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Auburn, was named the university’s Most Outstanding Athlete in 1932, and was head coach of the men’s basketball team before having a decorated career in the U.S. Army during World War II. Jordan is the winningest football coach in Auburn history, with a record of 176-83-6, and coached the 1957 team to an undefeated season and the Associated Press national championship. He was inducted into the first class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium is named in his honor.

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