Gene Stallings played for Paul Bryant at Texas A&M from 1954-1956 where he was All-Southwest Conference and a captain of the 1956 undefeated (9-0-1) Aggie squad. He served as co-captain on A&M's undefeated SW Conference Championship team that finished fifth in the final national polls. After graduation, Stallings became an assistant under Bryant and even authored a book, entitled Bear Bryant on Winning Football- – a book on football techniques.
Stallings actually became head coach at A&M in 1965 at the age of 29 and even beat Bryant’s Alabama squad in the 1967 Cotton Bowl.
A member of the Texas A&M Football Hall of Fame, Stallings also coached at Alabama and in the NFL as head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals.