Hall of Famer Saban Passes Away
March 29, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Hoosier football standout and IU Athletics Hall of Famer, Lou Saban (87), died Sunday morning in his home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Saban died around 4 a.m., his wife, Joyce, said. He had heart problems for years and recently suffered a fall that required hospitalization, she said.
A member of the inaugural Hoosier Hall of Fame class of 1982, Saban played for the Hoosiers during the 1941 and 1942 seasons and also ran track. The quarterback earned team MVP honors in 1942.
Saban played for the Cleveland Browns and took his first head coaching position at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland in 1950. He also held head coaching jobs at Northwestern University, Western Illinois University, the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, Army and the University of Central Florida.
In the pros, Saban was the original coach of the American Football League's Boston Patriots and later coached the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos. He also served as Denver's general manager.
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