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Stubbs will stay
Associated Press

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 job."

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 plays.

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.

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