Former Alabama State Football Coach Dies at 81

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama State University head football coach George James Junior, has died. He was 81 years old.

The university said in a statement Monday, James coached the Hornets from 1976 to 1983 and is best remembered for winning 7 of 8 games against in-state rival Tuskegee University.

James, known as "The Houdini of Football", because he led his teams to several upsets, compiled an overall record of 41-39-3 at ASU.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, and three children.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Old Ship AME Zion Church in Montgomery.

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