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Former Rutgers coach Burns passes away

Sun 15th, July 2012

Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) - Legendary Rutgers head football coach Frank Burns passed away on Saturday at the age of 84.

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.

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