Former Patriots head coach Meyer dead at 76

Ron Meyer, former coach of SMU, Patriots, Colts dies

In some sad news out of Dallas, former SMU, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts head coach Ron Meyer has passed away at the age of 76. "My mom and I loved Coach Meyer".

Prior to his stint in Foxborough, the Westerville, Ohio native served as head coach at Southern Methodist University for six years. "Thirty-five years later, that hire has proven to be a lasting legacy". "On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Meyer family and the many friends who are mourning his loss".

Irving Fryar, left, poses with New England Patriots coach Ron Meyer, right, during a press conference at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 11, 1984.

Meyer became coach of the Patriots in 1982 and was named AFC Coach of the Year for taking New England to the playoffs in the strike-shortened season. The game will be Meyers first bowl as a head coach and SMUs first bowl in 12 years. He had an 18-15 record during the regular season. Meyer went on to coach the Indianapolis Colts from 1986 to 1991.

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Smith, meanwhile, has steadfastly maintained that when the plow veered to clear the spot from which Matt Cavanaugh would hold the ball, it swept additional snow and slush into his approach to the kick and made it more hard. Meyer called a time out during the contest, having a stadium worker clear snow off of the field so that John Smith could make a go-ahead field goal. That bubbled over into an open battle over authority after the Patriots lost a 44-24 decision to the Miami Dolphins on October 21, 1984, when Meyer chose to fire Rust.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on February 17, 1941, Meyer played quarterback and defensive back for two years at Purdue before turning to a coaching career. He went on to be selected to the All-Big 10 Academic Team and win the Nobel Kaiser Award. He was initially seen as a rising star in the college ranks despite the fact that the NCAA eventually issued the "death penalty" to the SMU program for infractions committed during Meyer's six-year tenure there.

In 1994, he returned to coaching again becoming the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Las Vegas Posse franchise.

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