Dallas Colleges: Gene Stallings

Did you know: Texas A&M-Alabama

November, 9, 2012

It's that time when we check out news and notes from this week's key SEC game:
  • The Texas A&M at Alabama matchup is one of the two most efficient offenses in the SEC. The Aggies lead the SEC in highest average points per drive (3.09 / 336 points in 110 offensive drives) with the Tide second at 3.07 (332 in 108) points per drive. The Tide leads the SEC in overall scoring-efficiency percentage (50.9 percent / 55 scoring drives out of 108 total drives) and the Aggies are second at 49.6 percent (60 of 121). In touchdown scoring efficiency, the Aggies lead the SEC at 40.5 percent (49 TD drives out of 121 overall drives) while the Tide are second at 38.9 percent (42 of 108).
  • Alabama leads the series history, 3-1. It’s the first visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Aggies. The teams played in the 1942 and 1968 Cotton Bowls, in 1985 at Legion Field in Birmingham and 1988 in College Station.
  • Alabama’s Jeremy Shelley is the only kicker in the nation not to miss an extra-point (40-40) or field goal (9-9) this season.
  • The Aggies are 1-10 in games against No. 1 ranked teams, with the lone victory being a 30-26 win over Oklahoma in 2002.
  • A&M has scored first in every game in 2012, and in 14 straight games dating back to 2011.
  • Johnny Manziel has already broken A&M’s record for quarterback rushing yards in a season (922).
  • Manziel is the only player in FBS to average at least 10 yards per rush and 10 yards per pass attempt in those situations, and his 11 touchdowns responsible for in those situations are three more than any other FBS player. He has gained 634 rushing yards on scrambles. That is 182 more yards scrambling than Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller and Collin Klein have combined. Manziel has scrambled for 28 first downs this season, including 18 first downs on third down.
  • Manziel is completing 71.8 percent of his passes on first down this season, one of only six players to complete at least 70 percent of his passes on first down this season (min. 140 attempts).
  • Alabama is 21-6 against the AP Top 25 during the last four seasons and 12-4 against AP Top 10 teams.
  • Alabama QB AJ McCarron has gone 204 pass attempts this season and 289 dating back to last season without an interception. Since 2000, he is the only player in FBS with at least 25 career touchdown passes (38) and as few as five interceptions.
  • The Tide defense averages 5.44 three-and-outs per game and its 45.4 percent rate is second highest in the nation.
  • The Aggies and Tide have shared three head coaches in their histories -- Bear Bryant (A&M 1954-57; Alabama 1958-82), Gene Stallings (A&M 1965-71; Alabama 1990-96) and Dennis Franchione (A&M 2003-07; Alabama 2001-02).

Cotton Bowl legends honored at halftime

January, 7, 2011
The Cotton Bowl is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and to help celebrate that milestone, 22 members of its Hall of Fame were honored during a halftime ceremony.

The attendees:

* Jim Brown, HB, Syracuse (1957)
* Frank Broyles, coach, Arkansas (1961, '65-'66, '76)
* Duke Carlisle, QB, Texas (1962-64)
* Mike Dean, OG, Texas (1969-71)
* Kris Haines, SE, Notre Dame (1978-79)
* Phil Harris, WB, Texas (1964)
* David Hodge, LB, Houston (1977, '79-80)
* Johnny Holland, LB, Texas A&M (1986-87)
* Kent Lawrence, TB, Georgia (1967)
* Warren Lyles, MG, Alabama (1981-82)
* Dicky Maegle, HB, Rice (1954)
* Russell Maryland, DT, Miami (1991)
* Lydell Mitchell, RB, Penn State (1972)
* Dat Nguyen, LB, Texas A&M (1998)
* Loyd Phillips, DT, Arkansas (1965-66)
* Jackie Sheririll, coach, Texas A&M/Miss. St. (1986-88, '99)
* Gene Stallings, coach, Texas A&M (1968)
* James Street, QB, Texas (1969-70)
* Jim Swink, HB, TCU (1956-57)
* Steve Worster, FB, Texas (1969-71)
* Bill Yeoman, coach, Houston (1977, '79-80, '85)
* Brad Bradley, photographer (1948-present)

A&M: 'Good-bye to Texas University'?

June, 11, 2010
If Texas A&M's flirtation with the SEC becomes a full-blown love affair, the Aggie War Hymn will have to be taken quite literally.

Penned by James Vernon “Pinky” Wilson during a lull in World War I, the Aggies' "fight song" lyrics are dripping with Wilson's and every red-blooded Aggies' disdain for Texas University:

Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!
Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!
Good-bye to Texas University
So long to the Orange and the White
Good luck to the dear old Texas Aggies
They are the boys that show the real old fight
"The eyes of Texas are upon you..."
That is the song they sing so well
So good-bye to Texas University
We're going to beat you all to --
Rough Tough! Real Stuff! Texas A & M!

Saw Varsity's horns off!
Saw Varsity's horns off!
Saw Varsity's horns off!

Would a split of these century-old rivals end the tradition-rich Texas-Texas A&M football game? Would the relationship become so strained that Texas, which would play in a revamped Pac-10, decide to make alternative Thanksgiving plans? Have we reached a point where Aggies feel as though they're living under UT's giant thumb and are ready to go? What would they do with their Saw 'em Off! t-shirts and bumper stickers?

With so much talk about saving rivalries as the current college conference landscape tremors with change, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne -- led by a hard sell by former A&M and Alabama coach Gene Stallings (now on the A&M Board of Regents) -- could be playing with fire. How does "Lou-is-iana State U-ni-ver-sity" or "Al-a-bam-a U-ni-ver-sity" sound in the Aggie War Hymn?

Now, does a split mean that the Texas and A&M rivalry is entirely dead? Well, no, both sides could still agree to a Thanksgiving non-conference game. Still, it wouldn't carry the same weight as conference archrivals, and there is a chance -- I think a very good one -- that the game doesn't get scheduled because of the lingering bad taste from the split.

Texas and A&M felt so strongly about their rivalries in all sports that they created the State Farm Lone Star Showdown for all men's and women's head-to-head competition. The Lone Star Showdown trophy is awarded to the winning school each year. Neither school has a similar competition with any other school.

It is true that culturally speaking, Texas, in liberal-leaning Austin, is a good fit for the Pac-10, while the conservative-minded Aggies would be well-placed in the SEC. Still, we're talking sports not politics and it's difficult, even sad, to envision the state's two oldest public schools parting.

A separation would create one of the few instances in which large, in-state rivals compete in different conferences. Obviously Florida (SEC) and Florida State (ACC) is a notabe exception, but even that comes with asterisk because Florida State only emerged as a football power with the arrival of Bobby Bowden in 1976 and it doesn't carry the same long-term conference affiliation as A&M (SWC and Big 12).

But, if A&M decides to head east, it will have to live with being the party that went rogue and severed ties. Are Aggie fans ready to Saw 'em Off! for good.

If so, it's good-bye to Texas University.

Two A&M greats in Hall of Fame class

May, 27, 2010
Ray Childress, one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever wear the Texas A&M uniform, and former coach Gene Stallings were both named to The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame today.

Childress played from 1981-84 and ended his A&M career with 360 career tackles, the most of any defensive lineman in school history. He earned first-team All-America honors in 1983 and 1984. At the close of his career, his 25 sacks were second only to Jacob Green's record 37 sacks at the time. The 1984 Aggies team captain is credited with changing the attitude and culture of Aggie football.

"Ray didn't say too much, he was a quiet leader," former Texas A&M head coach Jackie Sherrill recalled in a Texas A&M release. "After we got shut out in Arkansas (28-0), he challenged everyone on the team. We were facing two bowl teams in TCU and Texas to finish out the year and we won both games and set the course for three straight Southwest Conference championships."

Childress, a 1985 graduate, would go on to become the third player selected in the 1985 NFL draft. He played 11 seasons with the Houston Oilers, earning All-Pro honors six times. He made five Pro Bowl appearances. During his career in Houston, he helped the Oilers reach the playoffs seven times.

A 1990 member of the Texas A&M Hall of Fame and a 2008 member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Childress and his wife, Kara, helped form the Childress Foundation to help at-risk youth during the 1990s. His son, Wells, is currently a redshirt freshman on the Aggie football team.

Stallings currently serves on The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. His first head coaching position was at Texas A&M from 1965-71 and after an illustrious NFL coaching career which included serving with Dallas Cowboys' legendary coach Tom Landry, Stallings returned to coach Alabama from 1990-96, leading the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national championship.

Stallings played at Texas A&M and is a member of the "Junction Boys," the group of Aggie football players who survived a 1954 training camp put together by A&M head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in Junction, Texas.