President William Powers Jr. and The University of Alabama president have wagered their regions’ most renowned delicacy — barbecue — on the outcome of the national title football game on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Powers will ship barbecue from Iron Works Barbecue in Austin to Alabama President Robert E. Witt should the Longhorns lose. Witt will send barbecue from Tuscaloosa, Ala.’s Dreamland to Powers should the Crimson Tide lose.
Witt’s ties to The University of Texas at Austin extend beyond barbecue wagers.
Witt was dean of the university’s College and Graduate School of Business from 1986 to 1995, associate dean for academic affairs in the business school from 1983 to 1985 and chairman of the Marketing Department from 1973 to 1983. Prior to joining the University of Alabama in 2003 he was president of the University of Texas at Arlington for seven years.