Paul (Bear) Bryant plans to remain only a short time as Alabama athletic director after bowing out Wednesday night as the winningest coach (323 victories) in college football history.. Bryant said he prefers to leave before reaching his 70th birthday in September and wants to give a free hand to his coaching successor at Alabama, New York Giants Coach Ray Perkins. "I'll be out before the season starts next year, before they start football," Bryant said following the 21-15 Liberty Bowl victory over Illinois. "Athletic director has never appealed to me. The big reason--and I want to make sure--I don't want to interfere with the success of the fooball team." Bryant is expected to continue helping the school raise money . . .

Jim Young, who resigned as football coach at Purdue last year to become the school's associate athletic director, was hired to coach at Army, replacing Ed Cavanaugh, whose contract was not renewed. Young, 47, had quit coaching to devote more time to his family, citing intense pressure and time-consuming recruiting as other reasons for his leaving. He coached for five years at Purdue and had a record of 37-19-1.

"Jim Young brings to us the ingredients that we feel are needed in order to build a winning football program," said Carl Ullrich, director of athletics at Army.