Gene Stallings


Gene Stallings

College coach infobox


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89-70-1 (College)
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1992 SEC Championship
1967 SWC Championship
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1992 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
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Eugene Clifton Stallings, Jr. (born March 2, 1935 in Paris, Texas) is a former college and professional football coach. He is currently a member of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System.

Early years

Stallings is a native of Paris, Texas and a resident of Powderly, an unincorporated community in Lamar County near Paris in northeastern Texas. He attended Paris High School, where he played end as a sophomore alongside future NFL pro bowler Raymond Berry. During his senior year, he was the captain of the football, baseball, and golf teams. He was recruited by Texas A&M assistant coach Raymond George and Texas A&M, where he signed to play college football. [cite book|title=The Fightin' Texas Aggies: 100 Years of A&M Football|author=Schoor, Gene|publisher=Taylor Publishing Company|location=Dallas, Texas|date=1994|pages=121]

At Texas A&M, Stallings was a member of the famed Junction Boys under head coach Bear Bryant. In 1956, he helped the team finish 9–0–1 and capture its first SWC championship since 1939. He later received his bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M in 1957.

Coaching career

University of Alabama

In 1958, Stallings joined Bryant's Crimson Tide as assistant coach.

Texas A&M

At the age of 29, Stallings was named the head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies. He coached the Aggies for seven seasons compiling a record of 27-45-1. Under his tenure, A&M won the Southwest Conference in 1967.

Dallas Cowboys

In 1972, Stallings joined the staff of the Dallas Cowboys under head coach Tom Landry. He remained with the Cowboys for 14 seasons as an assistant.

St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals

In 1986, Stallings was named the head coach of the St. Louis Football Cardinals. In three losing seasons, Stallings compiled a 23-34-1 record with the Cardinals and was the head coach during the franchise's move to Arizona. With five games remaining in the 1989 season, Stallings announced that he would resign at the end of the season, but instead he was immediately released by the Cardinals.

University of Alabama

Stallings was hired by the University of Alabama in 1990, his team finishing with a 7-5 record, including a 34-7 loss to the University of Louisville in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.

In 1991, Stallings finished the season with an 11-1record, including a 30-25cite web | url=http://www.rolltide.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=299994 | title=The Official Site of the University of Alabama Athletics | format=html | dateaccess=2006-12-02] victory over the University of Colorado in the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl.

In 1992, his experienced defensive unit led the team to an undefeated regular season, and a berth in the first SEC Championship Game. Alabama defeated the University of Florida 28-21 in this Championship Game, giving Stallings his first SEC title, and the school's twentieth SEC title.cite web | url=http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/files/football/2006/mediaguide/125-208.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=8000 | title=2006 Alabama Football Media Guide, Published by Ebsco Industries, Birmingham, AL, Pages 172 and 200| format=PDF | dateaccess=2006-12-02] Following a 34-13 victory over the University of Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, Stallings' 1992 team won the Associated Press and Coaches' Poll national championship.cite web | url=http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2006/2006_d1_football_records_book.pdf | title=ial 2006 Divisions I-A and I-AA Football Records Book, National Poll Champions, Page 79 | format=PDF | dateaccess=2006-12-01] The 1992 defense is widely considered to be one of the best in modern NCAA history.

After an investigation that ran from early 1993 to August 1995, the NCAA Infractions Committee found four major violations of NCAA rules in the Alabama football program. Stallings was implicated (along with athletic director Hootie Ingram) in falsifying the eligibility of Alabama player Antonio Langham during the 1993 season. Langham had signed with a sports agent and applied to enter the NFL draft following the January 1993 Sugar Bowl, but was not subsequently declared ineligible per NCAA rules. Alabama's football program was placed on probation. In addition to scholarship cuts and a one-year ban on postseason play, Alabama forfeited eight wins and one tie from its 9-3-1 1993 season in which Langham participated (two other games, against LSU and Auburn, were losses on the field), resulting in an official 1-12 record for that season . cite web | url=https://goomer.ncaa.org/wdbctx/LSDBi/LSDBi.MajorInfPackage.ProcessMultipleBylaws?p_Multiple=0&p_PK=160&p_Button=View+Public+Report&p_TextTerms=ThisIsADummyPhraseThatWillNotBeDuplicated&p_TextTerms2=ThisIsADummyPhraseThatWillNotBeDuplicated&p_Division=1 | title=NCAA Public Report on Infractions at Alabama| format=HTML | dateaccess=2006-12-11]

In 1994, Stallings' team finished the regular season with a record of 11-0, and an 8-0 record in the SEC, which was sufficient to win the SEC's Western Division, but lost the SEC Championship Game to the University of Florida.cite web | url=http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2006/2006_d1_football_records_book.pdf| title=Official 2006 Divisions I-A and I-AA Football Records Book, National Poll Champions, Page 522 | format=PDF | dateaccess=2006-12-02] . Stallings' Alabama team finished the 1994 season with a 12-1 record, including a 24-17 Citrus Bowl victory over Ohio State University .cite web | url=http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/files/football/2006/mediaguide/125-208.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=8000 | title=2006 Alabama Football Media Guide, Published by Ebsco Industries, Birmingham, AL, Page 200| format=PDF | dateaccess=2006-12-02]

In 1996, Stallings team won 10 games and earned a berth in the SEC Championship Game where they lost to the University of Florida. Stallings resigned as head coach on November 23, 1996. He completed his tenure as the coach at the University of Alabama with a 17-14 win over the University of Michigan in the Outback Bowl on January 1, 1997.

Gene Stallings compiled an official record at Alabama of 62-25 (70-16-1 if the 1993 forfeits are disregarded).

Head coaching record

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(^)The 1995 Alabama team was on probation and ineligible to win the conference title, to be selected to a bowl, or to be selected in the coaches poll.

Motivational leader

Stallings serves on many boards including President George W. Bush’s Commission on Intellectual Disability and he was formerly a member of the board of Abilene Christian University. Other boards include Tandy Corporation, People’s National Bank of Paris, Paris Regional Medical Center, Disability Resources, the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Association, the Great Southern Wood Corporation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Paris, Texas.

Stallings was appointed to the Texas A&M Board of Regents by Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2005. He serves on the Committee on Audit and the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs. Stallings is chair of the Policy Review Committee and is a member of the Special Committee on Educational Access. His term expires on February 1, 2011.

John Mark Stallings

Stallings co-wrote the book "Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son" (ISBN 0316811963), which described his love for his son, John Mark Stallings, who was born with Down syndrome. John Mark, also known as "Johnny," was a dedicated follower of his father's career, a longtime Crimson Tide fan, and a tour guide in the Crimson Tide facilities. John Mark died on August 2, 2008 due to a congenital heart condition. [cite news|url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/080508dnmetstallingsobit.4219912.html|title=Coach Gene Stallings son dies at age 46] [cite news|url=http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/08/john_mark_stallings_the_son_of.html|title=John Mark Stallings, the son of former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings, dies] Tim Gayle. [http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080803/SPORTS/808030310 "John Mark Stallings dies at age 46,"] "Montgomery Advertiser", August 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03.] Two facilities at the University of Alabama were named for the younger Stallings, the Stallings Center that serves as home to the RISE Center for young children with disabilities, in 1994, and the equipment room in the UA football building in 2005.

Awards

Stallings has received many awards including National Coach of the Year and was the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year two times. In 2000, Coach Stallings was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University. He was awarded the Legends Award from the All Sports Association in Dallas in 2001. Mr. Stallings has also received many humanitarian awards, including the Arthritis Humanitarian Award of Alabama, National Boys Club Alumni of the Year, Dallas Father of the Year, Humanitarian Award of the Lion’s Club of Alabama, and Paris Boys Club Wall of Honor.

Stallings has been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas A&M Hall of Fame, Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. He also received an honorary doctorate degree from Harding University.

External links

* [http://regents.tamu.edu/bios/gene-stallings.html Texas A&M System bio]
* [http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2006/2006_d1_football_records_book.pdf NCAA records book]
* [http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20124379,00.html "People" magazine profile after publication of "Another Season"] , February 1998

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