1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

The 1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama for the 1996–97 college football season, competing in the Western Division in the Southeastern Conference. Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a 10–3 record in his final year with the program. The team played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football
SEC Western Division co-champion
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 17–14 vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
1996 record10–3 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachGene Stallings (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorWoody McCorvey
Defensive coordinatorMike DuBose
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 70,123)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 1995
1997 →
1996 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 1 Florida x$   8 0         12 1  
No. 9 Tennessee   7 1         10 2  
South Carolina   4 4         6 5  
Kentucky   3 5         4 7  
Georgia   3 5         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
No. 11 Alabama xy   6 2         10 3  
No. 12 LSU x   6 2         10 2  
No. 24 Auburn   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 6  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Florida 45, Alabama 30
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Alabama's loss to Mississippi State broke a 15-game winning streak Alabama had in the series and was their first loss to the Bulldogs since a dramatic upset MSU posted over the #1 ranked Tide in 1980.

Following a victory in the annual Iron Bowl on November 23, head coach Gene Stallings announced his retirement, which would go into effect at the end of the season.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 312:00 p.m.Bowling Green*No. 13PPVW 21–776,878
September 711:30 a.m.Southern Miss*No. 14JPSW 20–1082,338
September 145:00 p.m.VanderbiltNo. 13ESPN2W 36–2670,123
September 2111:30 a.m.at ArkansasNo. 13JPSW 17–754,827
October 51:00 p.m.Kentucky No. 13PPVW 35–770,123
October 122:30 p.m.at NC State*No. 8ABCW 24–1950,750
October 195:00 p.m.Ole MissNo. 7ESPN2W 37–070,123
October 262:30 p.m.at No. 6 TennesseeNo. 7CBSL 13–20106,700
November 96:30 p.m.at No. 11 LSUNo. 10ESPNW 26–080,290
November 168:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 8ESPNL 16–1740,050
November 236:30 p.m.AuburnNo. 15ESPNW 24–2383,091
December 78:00 p.m.vs. No. 4 FloridaNo. 11ABCL 30–4574,132
January 1, 199710:00 a.m.vs. No. 15 Michigan*No. 16ESPNW 17–1453,161
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

PersonnelEdit

1996 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR Curtis Alexander
WR 84 Shamari Buchanan
C 71 John Causey (C) Sr
OT 72 Pete DiMario
OG 68 Will Friend
TE 38 Patrick Hape
QB 9 Freddie Kitchens
RB 29 Dennis Riddle
OT 60 Chris Samuels
FB 48 Trevis Smith
WR 22 Michael Vaughn
OG 51 Laron White
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 25 Fernando Bryant
DE 34 Chris Hood
S 7 Kevin Jackson
DE 95 Kelvin Moore
DT 96 Michael Myers
ILB 42 Paul Pickett
DT 78 Ozell Powell
OLB 87 Dwayne Rudd
S 13 Cedric Samuel
OLB 41 Ralph Staten
CB 2 Deshea Townsend
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 31 Jonathan Brock Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

Bowling GreenEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 7 7
#13 Crimson Tide 7 7 7 0 21

Southern MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 0 10 0 0 10
#14 Crimson Tide 10 7 3 0 20

VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 7 8 11 0 26
#13 Crimson Tide 3 12 21 0 36

ArkansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Crimson Tide 0 7 0 10 17
Razorbacks 0 0 0 7 7

KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
#13 Crimson Tide 7 0 28 0 35

North Carolina StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Crimson Tide 7 0 7 10 24
Wolfpack 3 0 3 13 19

Ole MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
#7 Crimson Tide 3 7 14 13 37

TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Crimson Tide 0 3 10 0 13
#6 Volunteers 0 0 6 14 20

LSUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Crimson Tide 0 7 12 7 26
#11 Tigers 0 0 0 0 0

Mississippi StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Crimson Tide 0 13 0 3 16
Bulldogs 7 7 0 3 17

AuburnEdit

Auburn Tigers (7–3) at #15 Alabama Crimson Tide (8–2)
1 2 34Total
Auburn 3 17 3023
Alabama 17 0 0724

at Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

  • Date: November 23, 1996
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Clear, 51 °F (11 °C)
  • Game attendance: 83,091
  • Referee: R. Redding
  • TV: ESPN
  • Recap/Box

After the game, head coach Gene Stallings announced his resignation effective at the end of the season.

FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 Crimson Tide 7 7 14 2 30
#4 Gators 6 18 14 7 45

MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Crimson Tide 3 0 0 14 17
#15 Wolverines 0 6 0 8 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tide prevails; Stallings retires: Auburn Bama both blow leads". The Atlanta Journal. 1996-11-24. pp. F1.