The Libel Case of Wally Butts vs. The Saturday Evening Post

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Fred Russell Papers, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

A compilation of Fred Russell’s coverage of a libel suit filed by Georgia’s head coach Wally Butts, 1905-1973, against The Saturday Evening Post. He sued for libel an Atlanta jury awarded Georgia Athletic Director Wally Butts $3.06 million in damages for a story published in the Saturday Evening Post that alleged he and Alabama head coach and athletic director, Paul W. “Bear” Bryant had conspired to fix the 1962 game between the two teams. Butts, who had lost his job as a result of the scandal, eventually collected $460,000.

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The Libel Case of Wally Butts vs. The Saturday Evening Post

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Fred Russell Papers, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Description

A compilation of Fred Russell’s coverage of a libel suit filed by Georgia’s head coach Wally Butts, 1905-1973, against The Saturday Evening Post. He sued for libel an Atlanta jury awarded Georgia Athletic Director Wally Butts $3.06 million in damages for a story published in the Saturday Evening Post that alleged he and Alabama head coach and athletic director, Paul W. “Bear” Bryant had conspired to fix the 1962 game between the two teams. Butts, who had lost his job as a result of the scandal, eventually collected $460,000.

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English

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Sports-Butts_Trial-Russell_FULL

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Poster

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Russell, Fred, 1906-2003, “The Libel Case of Wally Butts vs. The Saturday Evening Post,” Gallery, accessed October 19, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/11.