Like people, schools have relationships. Often they are described in familial terms, such as sister institutions and sibling rivalries. Alabama and Texas A&M seem more like brothers. Not twins, mind you, but close. These schools have met only four times in football, yet they seem to share DNA. What explains the strong connection? Jackie Sherrill points to the patriarch. “You’d have to say Coach Bryant,” he said. “That’s the biggest connection.” But hardly the only one. Paul Bryant played at Alabama and later coached at Texas A&M (1954-57) before returning to Alabama in 1958. Gene Stallings played for Bryant at Texas A&M, coached for Bryant at Alabama, then went on to be the head coach both at Texas A&M and Alabama.
It was just a simple question about “the business of coaching.” But for former Alabama coach Gene Stallings, it was a launching pad. Stallings is irritated about ticket prices in college football these days — and the arms race of coaching salaries and facilities construction that has contributed to their rise — and he didn’t hold any of it back while addressing the media at SEC BeachFest last weekend.
Fans from around the Southeastern Conference continue to descend on Hoover this week for SEC Media Days 2012.
It’s not hard to imagine most men who have been Alabama head football coaches on a motorcycle. Gene Stallings loved to ride, either on road trips, up in the North Carolina mountains, and early on Sunday mornings before there was traffic on the road i…
Gene Stallings shared his thoughts prior to an appearance as the guest of honor at “An Evening with Legendary Football Coach Gene Stallings” at Bishop State’s Baker-Gaines Central Auditorium.
Legendary football coach Gene Stallings has a unique connection to Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference. Stallings coached at Alabama and Texas A&M, among other coaching stops. He’s also served on the Board of Regents at Texas A&M. He’s been involved in the conference movement discussions for years. He’s also not against voicing his opinion, when asked.
University of Alabama football is Paul W. “Bear” Bryant leaning on a goalpost, Johnny Mack Brown running wild in the Rose Bowl, Gene Stallings being carried off the Louisiana Superdome field on the shoulders of his players and Nick Saban reviving the echoes of greatness with the Crimson Tide’s 13th national championship. Penn State football is Joe Paterno and Linebacker U., undefeated seasons and Eastern supremacy, consistency and class.