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Melvin Vines

Melvin Vines was a four sport letterman and All-State basketball and football player at the former Alliance High School in Bessemer.

After high school he earned a scholarship in 1925 to play football for Wallace Wade at the University of Alabama. As a freshman, Vines, who was nicknamed Snake by his teammates, traveled with the team to the 1926 Rose Bowl after Alabama won nine straight and allowed only seven points all year.

Alabama became the first Southern team to play in the Rose Bowl and defeated heavily favored Washington 20-19 and eventually their earned their first National Championship. Vines was a starter on the 1926 Alabama team when they returned to the Rose Bowl, tying Stanford 7-7 and earning another national title.

During the offseason, Vines was involved in a bizarre incident that cost him the use of his right arm. He foiled a kidnapping attempt in Tuscaloosa by chasing a car full of men who had attempted to kidnap a woman off the street.

He jumped on the running board and fought with the driver until he was able to stop the car. One of the kidnappers, wielding a knife, severely cut his right arm during the fight. Due to the injury, he missed the entire 1927 season, but managed to come back in 1928 and finished his Alabama career in 1929.

Coach Vines began his coaching career at Athens High School, leading the Golden Eagles for the next twelve seasons. Records are incomplete at this time for Athens, but he was noted as being a winner during his time at the school.

From 1948 to 1962, Coach Vines compiled a 78-44-9 record, including several Jefferson County championships and an undefeated season in 1958.

Vines became the head coach and athletic director at the University of Tampa in 1942. The college cancelled football in 1943 because of World War II and since he was unable to serve in the war because of his arm, he took a job at a junior college in Mississippi.

In 1948 Vines took over as the head football coach at Hueytown. Over the next fourteen seasons, he compiled a 77-48-11 record, including several Jefferson County championships and a perfect 10-0 season in 1958.

Melvin Vines won more football games at Hueytown High School than any coach in the history of the school.

Hueytown remembered its former coach by renaming the stadium H.F. Gilmore-Melvin Vines Stadium in 2003. Coach Vines died at the age of 80 in 1984.

Known Record:  135-101-21   57.2%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Hueytown1961 1-7-151181
Hueytown1960 3-6-1105203
Hueytown1959 5-3-111986
Hueytown1958 10-024026
Hueytown1957 7-314774
Hueytown1956 4-4-112990
Hueytown1955 7-1-218247
Hueytown1954 5-3-29565
Hueytown1953 7-322158
Hueytown1952 5-4-110890
Hueytown1951 8-228353
Hueytown1950 5-4-1198163
Hueytown1949 6-3-1152116
Hueytown1948 4-597101
 14 Years77-48-11212713530-0000-000
Mortimer Jordan
Mortimer Jordan1946 4-4-1101148
 1 Year4-4-11011480-0000-000
Jackson County1944 1-668161
 1 Year1-6681610-0000-000
Athens1941 7-1-129125
Athens1940 7-1-128035
Athens1939 5-3-1111129
Athens1938 6-2-110248
Athens1937 1-834232
Athens1936 2-757164
Athens1935 9-032919
Athens1934 7-217747
Athens1933 0-4-113109
Athens1932 3-4-115296
Athens1931 3-6-2140120
Athens1930 3-5-169134
 12 Years53-43-9175511580-0000-000
 28 Years135-101-21405128200-0000-000

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