The winningest coach in the history of Rutgers football, Burns compiled a
78-43-1 record over 11 seasons for the Scarlet Knights, including an
undefeated 11-0 mark during the 1976 campaign and the school's first bowl
appearance in the 1978 Garden State Bowl.
'We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Coach Burns and our
thoughts and prayers are with the Burns family.' said Rutgers director of
intercollegiate athletics Tim Pernetti. 'Coach Burns led our program to more
victories than anyone and into National prominence. More importantly, he was
the epitome of integrity and a true leader of men. We will miss Coach Burns
deeply, but his legacy will forever live 'On the Banks'.'
Burns was the second coach in school history to guide Rutgers into the
national rankings and led the school to winning records in each of his first
eight seasons as head coach.
During his playing career as a Scarlet Knight, Burns was a quarterback and
guided his teams to a 27-7 record over his career. His 30 career touchdown
passes still rank sixth in Rutgers history.