LaVell Edwards, who made BYU football power, dies at age 86
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016
Washington State football quarterback Alex Brink, left, smiles as former Brigham Young football coach LaVell Edwards, right, talks about the Awards & Recognition Association Sportsmanship Award, displayed at right, which was given to Brink for his sportsmanship both on and off the field. The ceremony took place on Dec. 20, 2007, in Seattle. On Thursday, Edwards died at the age of 86. (Ted S. Warren / AP)
PROVO, Utah – LaVell Edwards, who led BYU to prominence with his pass-happy offenses and ranks as one of the most successful coaches in college football history, has died. He was 86.
Athletic department spokesman Brett Pyne said Edwards died Thursday.
Edwards coached the Cougars for 29 seasons before retiring in 2000. He had a record of 257-101-3, the seventh-most wins in FBS history. His teams won or shared 19 conference titles and played in 22 bowl games. His 1984 team was voted national champion, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Edwards became BYU’s head coach in 1972, taking over a program that had just 14 winning seasons in 49 years. BYU won 10 straight Western Athletic Conference titles from 1976-85.
Edwards coached the BYU Cougars past the Washington State Cougars in the 1983 Holiday Bowl, winnings 38-36 with Jim McMahon at quarterback.
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