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Frank Broyles (1924 - 2017)

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Frank Broyles (1924 - 2017)

Frank Broyles, the former University of Arkansas head football coach who led the team to a national championship in 1964, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 92.

His family said in a statement that Broyles died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

“He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones,” the statement said.

Broyles was the head coach of the Razorbacks football team from 1958 until 1976. He had a career record of 144-48-5. He was named athletic director for Arkansas in 1974. He retired from coaching in 1976 to focus on his administrative duties.


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His 1964 national championship team went undefeated with an 11-0 record. Over his career, he led Arkansas to seven Southwest Conference championships and two Cotton Bowl victories.

Arkansas won 43 national championships in various sports under Broyles’ leadership as athletic director. He oversaw the school’s move to the Southeastern Conference and upgraded the school’s athletic facilities. He was responsible for the hiring of basketball coaches Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson as well as Lou Holtz and Ken Hatfield in football.

Broyles retired from his role as athletic director in 2007, moving into a fundraising role for the school.

When he retired, Broyles said, “For the past 56 years, I have had the privilege of working in the only job I ever wanted – to be the head football coach and then the athletic director of the Razorbacks. The Razorbacks have always been my passion.”

Broyles was born Dec. 26, 1924, in Decatur, Georgia. He played football at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the quarterback, leading the team to four bowl appearances. He was named the SEC player of the year in 1944. Although he was drafted in 1946 by the Chicago Bears, he never played in the NFL.

He started his coaching career as an assistant at Baylor University in 1947.

After his coaching career, he was the primary color commentator for ABC Sports, covering college football from 1977 until 1985.

Broyles had four sons and two daughters with his first wife, Barbara. He married Gen Whitehead in late 2005.

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