Gene Stallings, former Alabama coach, rips state of college football

Gene Stallings, former Alabama coach, rips state of college football

Gene Stallings last coached Alabama football 26 years ago. On Thursday, he’s said he’s glad he’s not coaching in today’s game.

Stallings, 87, met with reporters while in Tuscaloosa for the RISE golf tournament of champions at NorthRiver Yacht Club and the Chip in for RISE event. It’s one of the largest fundraisers for the center, which helps provide early intervention services to “an inclusive population while serving children with special needs at no cost to families,” according to its website.

Stallings didn’t thin words about the current state of college football.

“First of all, you have to handle them with kid gloves because if you’re really tough and rough on them sometimes, they’ll leave,” Stallings said. “And they can leave without a penalty. They can go and be eligible immediately. I think the NCAA made a mistake when they allowed a player to transfer and play immediately. I think they made a mistake when they allowed them to transfer for no reason . That’s just a personal opinion.”

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