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Former Oregon State coach Joe Avezzano dies at 68

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Sadly, the college football world — and the NFL — has lost one of its long-time coaches.

Former Oregon State head coach Joe Avezzano has passed away at the age of 68 from an apparent heart attack while in Italy. An Italian website covering the NFL first reported the news; the Cowboys, for which Avezzano was the special teams coach for over a decade, later confirmed his passing.

Here’s PFT’s report on the news for those who are interested.

Avezzano’s college resume included five years as the head coach of Oregon State (1980-84), where he won just six games, as well as assistant stints at Pitt, Iowa State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Florida State, his alma mater.

Obviously, our deepest condolences and thoughts go out to Avezzano’s friends and family.

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2 Responses to “Former Oregon State coach Joe Avezzano dies at 68”
  1. mrslay1 says: Apr 5, 2012 9:44 PM

    I will never forget him ranting up and down the sideline. He was a show into himself:-) God bless his family and friends.

  2. pdcooper08 says: Apr 6, 2012 1:29 AM

    I met the man back in 1984 when I took a trip to OSU. The man impressed me. I still remember points he made to this day. OSU was horrible back then, but the coach was a solid indivdual. He was quite a Special teams coach and is highly respected in the industry. God rest his soul.

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