Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings has had a rough year and it looks like it might have gotten worse. He suffered his third stroke of the year on Friday. He has been in the hospital since then and has been transferred from Paris to Dallas, Texas.
Rick Karle, who is a sports director at FOX6 WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Ala., posted the unfortunate news via Facebook on Monday.
“Please pray for Coach Gene Stallings! Coach had a serious heart attack last Friday night and has since been transferred from a Paris, Texas Hospital to a Dallas-area hospital.
“Doctors are optimistic today as they hope to wean the coach from his ventilator. Coach has been hanging tough through two strokes and now this. Coach Stallings’ wife Ruth Ann and family members are with him at this hour. Watch this space for updates. Please keep the coach in your heart!”
The 82-year old Stallings had a minor stroke back in August and was recovering from another one in May. He guided the Crimson Tide to a national title in 1992 and was named the conference’s Coach of the Year twice before he left the game. In seven years with the Crimson Tide, Stallings’ teams had a 70-16-1 record.
[h/t SEC Country]