Former BYU coach LaVell Edwards, 86, dies

College Football Hall of Famer LaVell Edwards, who coached the BYU Cougars for 29 seasons, died Thursday at the age of 86 from complications after breaking his hip, his wife said.

Patti Edwards told the Provo Daily Herald that her husband suffered the injury on Christmas Eve.

Edwards won the 1984 national championship during his tenure from 1972 to 2000, and he had an overall record of 257-103-3 with the Cougars. He ranks seventh all-time in FBS coaching victories and second behind Joe Paterno among those who coached at just one school during their career.

He twice was named national coach of the year (1979, 1984), and he coached 1990 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Ty Detmer among his 34 All-Americans.

Edwards took BYU to 22 bowl games and won 20 conference championships. Other quarterbacks who flourished under his guidance include Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco and Steve Sarkisian.

“It’s a tough time for all of us,” Young, a Hall of Fame quarterback and ESPN analyst who played for Edwards from 1980-83, said Thursday. “The No. 1

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