Barnes, 91, dies of pneumonia

Updated: April 24, 2009, 7:07 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Bill Barnes, who coached football at UCLA from 1958-64, played at Tennessee and was a decorated World War II veteran, has died. He was 91.

Barnes died Thursday of complications from pneumonia at Santa Monica Hospital, where he had been for more than two months, the school said Friday.

Barnes had a record of 31-34-3 in seven years as coach, having taken over before the fourth game of the 1958 season when head coach Henry "Red" Sanders died.

In 1960, led by All-America tailback Bill Kilmer, the Bruins went 7-2-1.

The following season, they won the AAWU (now Pac-10 Conference) championship and lost 21-3 to Minnesota in 1962 the Rose Bowl to finish 7-4.

Barnes earned All-America honors at Tennessee, where he played several positions for coach Bob Neyland. He was on the Volunteer teams that appeared in the 1939 Orange Bowl and 1940 Rose Bowl, where they lost 14-0 to Southern California.

Barnes was an assistant at Tennessee in 1941 and Arkansas from 1946-49.

He served as a major in the Army during World War II, earning two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, a Philippine Ribbon and an Alamo Scout Commendation.

Barnes was an original member of the Alamo Scouts, considered by many to be the first U.S. special forces.

He is survived by his wife Frances, whom he met while coaching at Arkansas.


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