Former CU Football Coach Dead at 77

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Eddie Crowder, who spent nearly a half-century at the University of Colorado as a football coach, athletic director and mentor to generations of other coaches, died Tuesday night, the school announced. He was 77.

Crowder played quarterback at the University of Oklahoma.

He compiled a record of 67-49-2 in 11 seasons as Colorado's coach, from 1963 to 1973. He then served 11 years as athletic director. He remained an active supporter of Buffaloes athletics until his death.

Athletic Director Mike Bohn said CU has lost "a tremendous leader, coach, mentor and friend."

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