TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - One of the University of Alabama's greatest players and a former athletic director at Florida State University is dead.

Vaughn Mancha, a four-year starter at center and middle linebacker for the Crimson Tide between 1944-47, died in a Tallahassee hospice Thursday at age 89.

His death was confirmed by Florida State University officials.

The Crimson Tide went 30-9-2 during Mancha's four years and
played once in the Rose Bowl and twice in the Sugar Bowl.

Mancha was an assistant football coach at Florida State for three years in the mid-1950s and became the school's athletic director in 1960.

He spent a dozen years in that role before moving to a teaching position in the university's education department.

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