Reports: Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings suffered heart attack

Gene Stallings, former coach of Texas A&M and University of Alabama football teams, addresses a news conference for the 2010 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Awards, in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Stallings is a member of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame class. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings suffered a heart attack over the weekend, according to multiple outlets.

Rick Karle of WRBC is reporting Stallings, 82, had a “serious” heart attack Friday night and was transferred from a hospital in Paris, Texas, where he lives, to a facility in the Dallas area.

“Doctors are optimistic today as they hope to wean the coach from his ventilator,” Karle wrote on his Facebook page.

Al.com is reporting a similar prognosis, saying Stallings is “resting comfortably after receiving a stent and being taken off the ventilator.” Stallings, who has also suffered two minor strokes — one in May, another in August — this year, is expected to make a full recovery.

From Al.com:

Former Auburn coach Pat Dye confirmed the heart attack to AL.com on Monday evening.

“The doctor thinks he’s going to have a full recovery,” said Dye, who confirmed Stallings had been placed on a ventilator before a stent was put in place. “He’s back to being ornery and wants to go home,” Dye said.

Lynn Huggins, Dye’s personal assistant who has been in contact with Stallings’ wife, Ruth Ann, confirmed to AL.com that Stallings is expected to make a “full recovery.” Stallings – who developed a clot, according Huggins – was admitted to ICU at the Paris Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Baylor.

Stallings was Alabama’s head coach from 1990-96 and had a 70-16-1 record and won the 1992 national championship.

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