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Former Texas Head Coach Fred Akers Dies at 82

NCAA Football: Texas at West Virginia

Former Texas football football coach Fred Akers has passed away according to reports.

Fred Akers, who served as an assistant coach at Texas under Darrell Royal and succeeded the legendary head coach at the helm of the program for 10 seasons, died Monday at the age of 82 according to a report from Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman.

Akers ranks third in Texas Longhorns football for wins from a head coach with 86, behind Mack Brown (158) and Royal (167 wins). Over his 10 seasons leading the Longhorns, Akers guided Texas to six AP Top 25 finishes, including four top-10 rankings and two top-five finishes.

 

Earl Campbell won the program’s first Heisman Trophy when Akers was the coach; capping a memorable run where the Longhorns spent the final five weeks of the regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in the country. The #1 ranking propelled Texas into what would be a 38-10 Cotton Bowl loss to Notre Dame.

Texas never finished below .500 in Big 12 play under Fred Akers’ leadership; the worst overall record under Akers in one season was his last year at UT in 1986 when Texas finished 5-6 overall on the season and did not play in a bowl game.

As for this season, the Longhorns wrap up the 2020 campaign when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend in Lawrence.

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