After the loss to the Gamecocks, Stallings had said twice over the air to radio announcer Joe Fisher, "There has got to be somebody out there who can coach this team better than I can right now." But on Monday night on the Commodore Call-in show on the ISP Sports Network, Stallings referred to that statement as "inappropriate" and reassured fans he had no intention of quitting.
"It was not the right thing to say, and I'm certainly not defending it," said Stallings. "But quitting, or giving in, that was just not it. It was just a very severe feeling of frustration of not getting a job done that I try very hard to do well."
Stallings said his remarks were born out of frustration in the aftermath of a disappointing loss, the Commodores' second poor performance in a row.
"What I was saying was simply, I'm not doing the job good enough, and I'm very frustrated with that. How that was interpreted was why I was wrong for saying that. Obviously it's been looked at by a lot of different ways by a lot of different people.
"I apologize to our fans and to everyone. I was wrong in saying that.
"But quitting and all those things... maybe you just have to know me, but that's not an option."
The Commodores (10-10, 3-6) try to rebound against LSU (13-8, 2-7) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET in Baton Rouge, La.
"The only remedy I know to fix anything that's broke is to work harder," said Stallings. "And that's what we're doing."