Copeland was UVa AD from 1987-94

Updated: June 5, 2010, 5:46 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Former Cleveland Browns lineman and ex-Virginia athletic director Jim Copeland has died. He was 65.

The University of Virginia said Saturday he died at his home in Charlottesville on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Copeland spent eight years in the NFL, playing guard and center for the Browns from 1967 until 1974. The 6-foot-2, 242-pounder played in college at Virginia.

He was the athletic director at his alma mater from 1987 until 1994. He also was the AD at William & Mary, Utah and SMU.

Copeland was born in Charlottesville, where a funeral is planned for Tuesday.


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