They always play the hits eventually.

The banishment of “Dixieland Delight” from Alabama football games was never going to be permanent — after all, students grow up into old alumni someday. Still, the announcement of its return in a UA video starring Greg Byrne, Terry Saban, Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris and SGA President Price McGiffert — a cinematic classic that deserves its own column some day— immediately went viral. The campaign will be to “do Dixieland Delight right.”

That means avoiding the improvised lyrics referring to a particular attitude — to put it mildly — regarding Alabama’s SEC brethren (Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.) There was even a Twitter posting of support from reigning quarterback sensation Tua Tagovailoa. That’s great as far as it goes — lots of current and former players love the song. Hopefully, Alabama won’t rely on that sort of thing too many times and find itself in “Tebow Promise” territory. Nick Saban will probably keep that under control.

But back to “Dixieland Delight.” My personal position has always been it didn’t bother me and it seemed like fun for the students, the players and many fans. The opposing view has been presented to me, often. Here is one likely timeline.

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