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Homer Smith, former Bama coach, dies at 79

By: AP
By: AP

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Former Army head coach Homer Smith,
regarded as one of keenest offensive minds in the annals of college
football, has died. He was 79.

Smith, coach of the Black Knights from 1974-78, died Sunday at
his home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a four-year battle with cancer.

Smith was an assistant at several schools in his 39-year career,
never staying long enough at any one place to put down roots. He
coached at Stanford, Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, the NFL's Kansas
City Chiefs, and served three stints at UCLA.

While with the Bruins, Smith developed seven future NFL
quarterbacks, including Tommy Maddox, Jay Schroeder, and current
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel. Smith also was coach at Davidson and
Pacific.

Smith had an economics degree from Princeton, an MBA from
Stanford and a master's in theological studies from Harvard. But it
was the ebb and flow of offensive football that captivated him
most.

Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue once called Smith the best
teacher of the game he had ever known.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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