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Topic - Gene Stallings
Mal Moore's career was adrift.
Everything about the BCS championship between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama seems larger than life.
There were some dark days at Notre Dame and Alabama, dark years really, during which two of college football's proudest programs flailed and foundered.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has already left his mark on the football program. So much so, they've already built a statue of him.
OK, we get it.
Bobby Bowden will coach one more game, on a road trip like none he's ever experienced, and where players on both sides of the field are on the same team.
They start early in this part of the country.
"I told Coach Bryant stories. I wasn't in competition with Coach Bryant," Stallings said. "I think that's one of the reasons I was, quote, accepted by the Alabama people."
"You follow somebody like Coach Bryant, it's an extremely difficult situation," Stallings said.