Former Virginia coach Blackburn dies at 93

Updated: May 16, 2006, 6:55 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- George Blackburn, who was the head football coach at Virginia from 1965-70, has died, the school said Tuesday. He was 93.

Blackburn, a native of Columbus, Ohio, died at a retirement center in Dublin, Ohio, on Monday.

He was the Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year in 1968, when Virginia went 7-3, the Cavaliers' most wins since 1952. He was 28-33 at Virginia.

"I have the most wonderful memories of playing for Coach Blackburn," said Frank Quayle, a halfback who earned ACC player of the year in 1968 and is a broadcaster for the Virginia Sports Network. "I've been around football for 40 years and each year I recognize how far ahead he was. He was a brilliant offensive mind and I was the recipient in so many ways of his expertise."

After leaving Virginia, Blackburn was an NFL scout for the New Orleans Saints, the Houston Oilers and the New England Patriots.

Blackburn also coached at Miami University in 1948 and Cincinnati from 1955-60.

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