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Coach Smith dies in Tucson following a lengthy illness

Updated: January 28, 2008, 10:21 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Larry Smith, the emotional coach who led Southern California to the Rose Bowl three times and won 143 games with Tulane, Arizona, USC and Missouri, died Monday after a long bout with chronic lymphatic leukemia. He was 68.

Smith died in a Tucson hospital, the University of Arizona confirmed.

His 24-year head coaching career began at Tulane, included seven years at Arizona and ended in 2000 at Missouri. Smith was 143-126-7 and his teams were ...

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