Sad News Sunday Morning

August 3, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen –

I have sad news to report this morning from Paris Texas.

John Mark Stallings the son of former Alabama Coach Gene Stallings has passed away in Paris Texas.

Johnny was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome at birth and experienced declining health the past few years. He was 46 years old.

Johnny was a fixture at the side of his father when he Coached at the Capstone.
He was a guide at the Bear Bryant Museum, an equipment manager for the football team and a fan favorite

John Mark is also partially responsible for the extremely positive, long-standing relationship between the University of Alabama and the Rise School of Tuscaloosa.

UA Athletics Director Mal Moore extended his deepest sympathies and then had this to say.

For someone who never played or coached a game,” Moore said, “I think John Mark may have touched more Alabama fans than any other person ever did. I would like to thank the Stallings family for sharing their love for John Mark with all of us.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stallings Family during this time.

I wish I could say more, but I just can’t.

Your College Football Update will be later today.


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