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Emory Bellard, creator of wishbone, dies

Updated: February 10, 2011, 5:09 PM ET
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DALLAS -- Emory Bellard, a former Texas A&M and Mississippi State coach credited with developing the wishbone offense when he was an assistant at Texas, died Thursday. He was 83.

Cathy Capps, director of the Texas A&M Lettermen's Association, said Bellard died at a care facility in Georgetown in Central Texas. She said Bellard had Lou Gehrig's disease.

Bellard was on Darrell Royal's staff at Texas in 1968 when the Longhorns developed a formation with three running backs that ...

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