Alabama fans have been calling into talk radio stations all week, angry that Ole Miss thinks it has a chance against the Tide after the Rebels beat up on perceived weaklings Tennessee-Martin and Fresno State by a combined score of 149-24 in the first two weeks.
Former ‘Bama coach and national champion Gene Stallings went one step further on Thursday evening, dissing the Rebels while also claiming that the Crimson Tide could have run up the score in one of its non-conference games, too.
“I don’t think that Ole Miss has played anybody,” Stallings said in an appearance on TIDE 99.1 FM. “I’d say the combination of those two teams (UTM and Fresno State), when’s the year’s over, will probably win five or six games.”
The Tide picked up a sloppy 37-10 win over Middle Tennessee this past Saturday, but Stallings thought it could’ve been a larger margin of victory if coach Nick Saban was a heartless man.
“I appreciate coach Saban and the fact that he doesn’t run up the score,” Stallings said. “I can’t imagine beating somebody 70 points, but I’m sure Alabama could’ve done that if they wanted to. But that’s not their mindset, and I appreciated them not running up the score.”
Besides winning the national championship with Alabama in 1992, Stallings also coached one of the school’s all-time great kickers, Michael Proctor.
The coach offered his take on current kicker Adam Griffith, whose struggles (0-for-4 this year) have been well documented.
“It’s a confidence thing,” Stallings said. “You cannot hurt his (Griffith’s) confidence. Whether it’s in practice… I didn’t mind hurting his confidence in practice when I was coaching, but in game time, he’s gotta go back out there, so you’ve got to encourage him any way you can.”
Stallings resigned from Alabama during the 1996 season and promptly retired. He currently lives on a cattle ranch in his hometown of Paris, Texas.