Friday, December 13, 2002
Stubbs will stay
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike DuBose denied rumors
that offensive playcaller Charlie Stubbs has resigned effective at
the end of the season.
The rumors swirled Tuesday amid questions about the Crimson
Tide's offensive pecking order after they were shut out for the
first time in three years by Southern Mississippi last Saturday.
"I'm trying not to get mad," DuBose said. "It's just all
rumors. There is no validity to the rumors out there, and I'm not
going to say anything else about it.
"Charlie's done a great job and he will continue to do a great
Stubbs also denied the rumors, which were reported Tuesday on a
Birmingham radio station.
"I'm not a quitter," he told The Mobile Register. "That's
just people trying to add things together. What I'm trying to do is
keep my focus on one thing: the kids. I need to do my contribution
to help pull us out of this."
The Tide (1-2) has struggled badly on offense and has fallen out
of the national rankings after entering the season ranked No. 3.
Alabama plays at Arkansas on Saturday night.
DuBose hired Stubbs in 1998 to open up the Tide's offense with a
passing attack honed at UNLV and under Brigham Young's LaVell
Edwards. Alabama has returned to more of a run-oriented,
I-formation plan the past two weeks.
DuBose also announced Monday that offensive coordinator/line
coach Neil Callaway would join Stubbs in the press box on game day.
DuBose and Callaway both said Stubbs would still be calling the
Stubbs has been mentioned as a candidate to replace Edwards when
the BYU coach retires after the season.
The Tide ranks 113th in Division I-A in passing offense and is
averaging just 17.3 points a game.