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Former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles dies at 92

Sporting News logo Sporting News 8/14/2017 Zac Al-Khateeb


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Legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles died at the age of 92 on Monday from complications of Alzheimer's disease, the school has announced.

Broyles, a 1983 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, coached the Razorbacks for 19 years from 1958-76 and served as the Razorbacks' athletic director from 1974-2007. As a coach, he went 149-62-6 and led Arkansas to the FWAA national title in 1964.

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“The Razorback Family has lost its patriarch and Arkansas has lost one of its most beloved figures," Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. "Coach Frank Broyles was a legendary coach, athletics director, broadcaster and a tireless advocate for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

"In his more than 50 years of service to the University of Arkansas and intercollegiate athletics, his vision and leadership allowed the Razorback program to flourish and in turn enrich the lives of thousands of young men."

Broyles is best known for his career at Arkansas, where from 1958-76 he led the Razorbacks in the Southwest Conference. During his coaching tenure, he led Arkansas to a 144–58–5 record, seven Southwest Conference titles and a 4-6 bowl record (winning once in the Gator Bowl, once in the Sugar Bowl and twice in the Cotton Bowl). His 1969 team was also a part of a "Game of the Century" matchup with No. 1 Texas — a game which the Razorbacks lost, 15-14. In all, his team finished the season ranked by the AP 11 times, including nine times in the top 10.

Broyles also had a successful career as a quarterback at Georgia Tech, where he led the Yellow Jackets to a 25-8 record and three bowl appearances from 1943-44 and '46. For his on-field exploits, he became a member of the Orange Bowl and Gator Bowl halls of fame.

Broyles got into coaching as an assistant at Baylor in 1947. He then moved on to Florida in 1950, then back to Georgia Tech in 1951, where he served as offensive coordinator till 1956. He spent one season as head coach at Missouri (where he went 5-4-1).

Broyles later in life became an advocate of Alzheimer's care, including to caregivers. His wife, Barbara, died from the disease in 2004 after her original diagnosis in 1999. In 2006, Broyles created Frank & Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation, created to help combat Alzheimer's and support caregivers of those afflicted with the disease.

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