Gene Stallings Takes in Clemson

Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings was in attendance for Friday's practice in Clemson. "First of all, I enjoyed it. Secondly, there's some talent out there and I enjoyed watching that. This is the first time I've been down on the field that close to the action in quite a while," said Stallings.

Stallings also commented on wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney, who played at Alabama as a walk-on wide receiver in the early 1990's.

"Obviously Dabo played for me, and I enjoyed watching him out there," said Stallings.

When asked what specifically impressed him during practice, Stallings responded that he didn't know much about Clemson's personnel coming into today, but he left mentioning several players.

"That number six can throw the football, and they've got some receivers that can catch it," said Stallings, whose response brought a big laugh from the reporters questioning him.

The former Alabama and Texas A&M head coach, who won a National Championship in Tuscaloosa in 1992, also had some intriguing comments about head coach Tommy Bowden.

"When you go undefeated at Tulane, it's a big deal," said Stallings. "I've sort of followed his career from a distance, even though he didn't know I was. The way they turned it around last year, they beat Florida State, and that was a big game for them. It's a good team." Stallings is retired and currently lives on a ranch in Paris, Texas.

Stallings has been voted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Alabama sports Hall of Fame, the Texas A&M Hall of Fame and the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame. Some of his other accomplishments include:

- Only 13-0 Record at University of Alabama
- Head Coach Texas A&M – 7 years
- Head Coach St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals – 4 years
- Head Coach University of Alabama – 7 years
- Assistant Coach University of Alabama – 7 years
- Assistant Coach Dallas Cowboys – 14 years
- Coached in three Super Bowls

In seven years, Stallings directed the Crimson Tide to one National Championship (1992), four SEC Western Division titles (1992, 1993, 1994 & 1996) and six post-season bowl appearances. His on-the-field coaching record stands 70-16-1 (.810), a winning percentage ranked fourth in Alabama history. Top Stories