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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

RIP Coach Gansz

Frank Gansz, SMU Special Teams Coach, passed away yesterday at Presbyterian Hospital here in Dallas after experiencing complications from knee replacement surgery. Gansz was a salient figure in both college football and the NFL where his knowledge of football in general and special teams play in particular put him high in the esteem of many.

"He was the finest football coach I ever worked with," [Dick] Vermeil said Monday. "The quality of the human being matched his coaching skills. ... His vibrancy will live forever in the people that he touched."

Junes Jones coaxed Coach Gansz out of retirement in 2008 to help reshape SMU's football program.

Coach Gansz's family was with him when he died. He was 70 years old.

Dallas Morning News Story on Coach Gansz