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Onofrio was AP's Big Eight coach of year in '72

11/5/2004 - Missouri Tigers

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Al Onofrio, former head football coach at
Missouri who also helped design defenses for Dan Devine for more
than a decade, has died. He was 83.

Onofrio died Friday at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.,
said one of his sons, Mike Onofrio.

Onofrio, The Associated Press' Big Eight coach of the year in
1972, led Devine's defenses from 1958-70, during which the Tigers
went 93-37-7, won two Big Eight titles and made six bowl
appearances.

When Devine left Missouri to coach the Green Bay Packers in
1971, Onofrio took over and went 38-41 in seven seasons. After
going 1-10 in his first year, Onofrio guided the Tigers to the
Fiesta Bowl in 1972 and Sun Bowl the next season. In 1973, the
Tigers went 8-4, finishing ranked 17th.

"This is certainly a sad day for Mizzou," said Mike Alden, the
school's athletic director. "Everyone associated with Missouri
should be thankful for the time he spent here and how much he meant
to the institution by what he brought not only with his football
expertise, but also his character."

Funeral arrangements were pending in Tempe.