Alabama football: Crimson Tide legend hospitalized
Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a health update for an Alabama legend and some way-too-early previews.
Former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings was readmitted to a hospital in Paris, Texas, after suffering minor complications from a mild stroke he suffered earlier this week in Montgomery.
According to WBRC, Stallings has lost the peripheral vision in his right eye, but appears to be stable and otherwise healthy. He reportedly remained in the hospital for overnight observation.
Stallings was a player under coach Paul W. Bryant at Texas A&M, one of the famed Junction Boys, and later went on to coach at Alabama on Bryant’s staff. He became Alabama’s head coach and led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season in 1992, culminating in the national championship. He was the only coach between Bryant and Nick Saban to win the national title, and is the patron of the Stallings RISE center for special education on campus.
- After losing the championship in heartbreaking fashion, expect Alabama to ramp up the pick plays in 2017.
- The sportsbooks have the early over/under for Alabama set at 10.5.
- Tua Tagovailoa was selected to the Hawaii High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame.
- Charlie Potter takes an early look at Fresno State.
- Bradley Bozeman was named to the Rimington award watch list.
- Alabama is the Athlon Sports preseason national champion.
- Alabama’s season is bookended with difficult opponents, but features few real tests in between.
Built by Bama
After several years out of the NFL, former Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White was signed by the New England Patriots. He’ll probably make a ridiculous Super Bowl-winning catch sometime in the next two years.
O.J. Howard signed his rookie contract, which should pay him around $11 million a year for four seasons guaranteed, with a fifth year option to be exercised by the team before the fourth season.
Alex Avila went 0 for 4 at the plate as his Tigers fell to Houston, 1-0.
Around the Capstone
Chandler Taylor was named second-team All-SEC after batting .295 in conference, with 34 RBI on the season. He was Alabama’s only All-SEC selection, and while he’s eligible for the MLB draft, coach Greg Goff should be eager to welcome back his sophomore outfielder next season, one would think.
The women’s golf team posted the best score of any team in the NCAA Tournament at 1-under par on Monday but still failed to qualify for match play, finishing 14th.
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