Coaching legend Hayden Fry has died

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher ‘

Iowa Hawkeyes legendary football coach Hayden Fry has died. He was 90.

The College Football Hall of Famer passed away on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Their story said that he died in the Dallas, Texas area following a battle with cancer.

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“We are proud to know that our father’s life had a positive influence on so many people, the players, the coaches, and the fans who played for, worked with, and supported his long and successful coaching career,” the family said in a statement. “His legend will live forever with the people he touched and inspired, and the programs he led to greater heights.”

Fry coached the Hawkeyes from 1979 through the 1998 season. At Iowa, he had a 143-89-6 record.

He also went 86-61-5 in the Big Ten Conference. Fry also went 6-7-1 in Bowl games.

“Hayden Fry is a college football icon and an Iowa legend,” Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz, a longtime Fry assistant who succeeded Fry after the 1998 season, said in a statement. “His Hall of Fame career is well known, but personally, he will always be the man who took a chance on me at the start of my coaching career. I was proud to coach with him and honored to succeed him when he retired.

“He’s been a great mentor and a true friend. I am forever grateful to him.”

Before coming to Iowa, he was the head coach of the SMU Mustangs and the North Texas State Mean Green. With the Mustangs, he went 49-66-1.

As the leader of the Mean Green program, Fry went 40-23-3.

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