Ex-Alabama, Aggie coach Gene Stallings has mild stroke

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn coach Pat Dye says onetime Alabama and Texas A&M coach Gene Stallings has suffered a mild stroke.

Stallings was taken to a Dallas-area hospital Monday morning, according to Dye, who said Stallings was at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport at the time awaiting a flight to Alabama for speaking engagements.

Both were scheduled to speak in Huntsville, Alabama, Monday night and in Montgomery Tuesday. Dye says Stallings told an event organizer that he wanted to reschedule “so he’s optimistic about it.”

Stallings, who led Alabama to the 1992 national championship had a stroke in May while in Montgomery to introduce Clemson coach Dabo Swinney at a banquet.

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Stallings was the Crimson Tide coach from 1990-96. He was head coach at A&M from 1965 until 1971 and also served as head coach of the National Football League’s Cardinals franchise in St. Louis and Phoenix.