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RON CASE, Safeties
*First Year at Alabama (Feb. 10, 2001)

Experience is the key for Ron Case. A 13-year veteran of the Southeastern Conference and 31 years of collegiate experience, Case has spent his lifetime coaching football. Most recently, he served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina, working for then Tar Heel head coach Carl Torbush. He spent five seasons at Carolina and is credited with bringing an aggressive, man-to-man coverage scheme to the Tar Heel secondary.

He helped lead Carolina's consecutive Top-10 national finishes in 1996 and 1997, led by its stifling defensive unit that finished second in the nation in total defense in each of those years. Case's secondary played a large role in that success and his teams led their respective conferences in pass efficiency defense for three consecutive seasons from 1995-97 (including one season at LSU).

Under Case's tutelage, cornerback Dre' Bly became the most decorated football player in UNC history and among the most honored players in ACC annals. Bly is the only football player in ACC history to earn first-team All-America honors in three different seasons. He set the all-time ACC record with 20 career interceptions.

In 1996-97, Carolina intercepted 38 passes and allowed just 15 passing touchdowns in 24 games. Carolina allowed a mere 209.3 total yards per game in 1997.

Case came to Carolina from LSU, where the Tigers were first in the Southeastern Conference in pass defense in 1995. He spent six years each at Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and coached currnet Tide defensive coordinator Carl Torbush at Carson-Newman.

He spent 13 years in the U.S. Marines Corps after high school and played 11 years of football in the Corps. In 1970, while an undergraduate, he was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Carson-Newman.

In 1977, he coached defensive backs at West Texas State. The Buffaloes won the Missouri Valley title behind a defense that led the league in every statistical category. West Texas picked off 22 passes that year.

He was the head coach at his alma mater in 1978-79 and the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Richmond from 1980-82.

Case and his wife, Joan, have seven grandchildren: R.J. (10), Luke (7), Jane Costner (7), Madison (5), Sarah Catherine (5) Noah Jeh (1) and Samuel David (1) .

 
THE CASE FILE 
Born: March 15, 1938 
Education 
1973    Health and Physical Education, Carson-Newman 
1974    Masters'  Degree in Health and Physical Education, Tennessee 
Playing Experience 
1957-68 U.S. Marine Corps (All-Marine, 1964) 
Coaching Experience 
2001    Alabama, Safeties 
1996-00 North Carolina, Defensive Backs 
1995    LSU, Defensive Backs 
1989-94 Vanderbilt, Secondary 
1983-88 Ole Miss, Defensive Backs 
1980-82 Richmond, Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator 
1978-79 Carson-Newman, Head Coach 
1977    West Texas State, Defensive Backs 
1975-76 Fulton High (Knoxville, TN), Head Coach 
1974    Maryville College, Defensive Coordinator 
1970-73 Carson-Newman, Linebackers/Defensive Coordinator 
Bowl Participation 
1972    NAIA National Championship Bowl; 1983 Independence;1986 Independence; 
1995    Independence; 1997 Gator; 1998 Gator; 1998 Las Vegas