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Roll Tide? War Eagle? Legendary coaches will take it to ‘church’ for Gulf Coast show

Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings will share the stage with former Auburn head coach Pat Dye in Mobile.
Former Alabama head coach Gene Stallings will share the stage with former Auburn head coach Pat Dye in Mobile. Courtesy The Steeple on St. Francis

The football rivalry between SEC West foes Alabama and Auburn is one of the most heated in college football. It’s been the subject of numerous books, articles and even documentaries.

Fans of the Crimson Tide and the Tigers will have the opportunity to get together in unity on Aug. 12 when the Legendary Coaches Tour makes a stop at the grand church of Mobile entertainment — The Steeple on St. Francis. The show features former Alabama coach Gene Stallings and former Auburn coach Pat Dye. Tickets are $39.50 and $100 for the VIP package. Tickets can be purchased at TicketFly.com.

“We thought this would be a great way to kick off football season, which starts in a few weeks,” production manager Chris Sherman said. “Coach Stallings and Coach Dye are both great men and this will give their fans a chance to see them up close and hear their stories.”

Stallings began his Alabama coaching career in 1990. He was a member of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s “Junction Boys” when Bryant was head coach at Texas A&M in the 1950s. Stallings worked as an assistant coach under Bryant in 1962. He went 87-70 at Alabama where he went undefeated in 1992 and won a national championship with quarterback Jay Barker.

Dye, who played football at the University of Georgia, was named head coach at Auburn in 1980 after also working as an assistant to Bryant in 1965 — his first coaching job. He was named national coach of the year in 1983. Dye led the Tigers to nine consecutive bowl appearances and coached Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson. He went 99-39-4 at Auburn from 1981-1992, including a four-game streak over the Crimson Tide.

Stallings is 5-2 against Auburn and Dye is 6-6 against Alabama. In the battle for the coaches in the Iron Bowl, Stallings is 3-0 against Dye.

Sherman said the venue itself will also lend an ambiance to the show.

“The Steeple is an old Methodist church,” Sherman said. “It’s a great intimate venue.”

The Steeple on St. Francis will host JJ Grey and Mofro on Oct. 4 and Blues Traveler on Oct. 24.

If you go

  • Legendary Coaches Tour with Gene Stallings and Pat Dye
  • The Steeple on St. Francis at 251 St. Francis Street in Mobile.
  • 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12
  • Tickets are $40 and $100 and are available to purchase online.
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