Bear's shadow looms large in Tuscaloosa

From Alabama to Ohio State, Bruce Feldman lists the top 10 toughest places to coach when things are going bad.

Updated: September 10, 2007, 2:53 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

Given the awful 0-2 starts for Michigan and Notre Dame, this week's list is the 10 toughest places to coach when things are going bad.

1. Alabama

The specter of the Bear always looms large. The Crimson Tide also have a rabid fan base (93,000 going to a spring game this year shows some of that) and some very tempestuous power brokers. Plus, there is the combustible element of not having a pro team to divert fans, and the Tide have to cope with having another hated powerhouse ...

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