Bill Battle

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Bill Battle
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
BornBirmingham, Alabama
Playing career
1960–1962Alabama
Position(s)End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1965
1966–1969
1970–1976
Army (assistant)
Tennessee (ends)
Tennessee
Head coaching record
Overall59–22–2
Bowls4–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
 
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Bill Battle
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
BornBirmingham, Alabama
Playing career
1960–1962Alabama
Position(s)End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1965
1966–1969
1970–1976
Army (assistant)
Tennessee (ends)
Tennessee
Head coaching record
Overall59–22–2
Bowls4–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Bill Battle (born 1941) is the Athletic Director of the University of Alabama. He was appointed by University President Dr. Judy Bonner and approved by the board of trustees March 22, 2013. He succeeds long-time Director Mal Moore, who stepped down for health reasons at age 73. Bill was formerly a licensing executive and a college football player and coach. He was the head football coach at the University of Tennessee from 1970 to 1976. At the time he began as head coach, he was the youngest college head coach in the country. A native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama, Battle was one of many of Bear Bryant's former players and assistant coaches who later became head coaches.

Despite a 59–22–2 record in seven seasons in Knoxville in an era in which Alabama dominated the Southeastern Conference and annually contended for the national championship, Battle was forced out after the 1976 season, allowing Volunteer legend Johnny Majors to return to his alma mater after leading Pittsburgh to the 1976 national championship.

Battle is the founder and chairman of The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). In 1981, while working for Golden Eagle Enterprises in Selma, Alabama, Battle signed Paul "Bear" Bryant to a licensing agreement. The University of Alabama signed on as CLC’s first university client. In 1983, Battle moved the newly formed company to Atlanta, Georgia.

Battle is also a member of the group that votes in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll.

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1970–1976)
1970Tennessee11–14–12ndW Sugar44
1971Tennessee10–24–2T–4thW Liberty99
1972Tennessee10–24–24thW Bluebonnet118
1973Tennessee8–43–34thL Gator19
1974Tennessee7–3–22–3–1T–7thW Liberty1520
1975Tennessee7–53–35th
1976Tennessee6–52–48th
Tennessee:59–22–222–18–1
Total:59–22–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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