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Longtime college football coach Calvin Magee dies after major heart attack

The college football coaching community is mourning the loss of long-time coach Calvin Magee, who died after suffering a major heart attack. He was 59.

Magee was serving as Jacksonville State offensive coordinator at the time of his death.

"Our hearts are broken with the loss of our beloved friend ," JSU head coach Rich Rodriguez said in a statement. 

"Calvin was a great husband, great father and grandfather, great coach, great friend and great man. He impacted my life and the lives of so many others in such a positive way. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family - wife Rose, daughters Jade and Jasmine, son Bryson, his grandchildren, and all his friends and relatives. Our world is less, but heaven got better. I miss him dearly already. I love you my brother."

Athletic director Greg Seitz added, "Our hearts are broken over the loss of Coach Magee, who touched many lives in just a few months here at Jacksonville State University. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Rose and his wonderful family, our football staff and student-athletes and the countless people that he has impacted over his playing and coaching career."

Magee, 59, has been coaching college football since 1996, starting at South Florida as tight ends coach before he landed at West Virginia, where he was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, and then at Michigan as offensive coordinator.

Over the last decade, Magee has worked at several programs, including Pittsburgh and Arizona as associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and running backs coach.

Magee landed at Ole Miss as tight ends coach in 2019 and he spent the 2021 season as running backs coach at Duke before taking a position at Jacksonville State as offensive coordinator, associate coach, and tight ends coach.

(JSU release)

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