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BYU coaching legend Lavell Edwards dies at age 86

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Former BYU coach Lavell Edwards has passed away at age 86, via the Salt Lake Tribune.

Edwards turned BYU football from mediocrity into a national powerhouse, winning a national championship and 19 conference titles in his 29 seasons as head coach. He is the 7th winningest coach in FBS history with 257 wins, and revolutionized football with his passing scheme.

His coaching tree includes 11 current or former collegiate and professional head coaches. He coached six All-American quarterbacks, and his offenses led the nation in total yards five times, and scoring offense three times. He had a former player on every Super Bowl champion from 1980 to 1992. After his retirement in 2000, BYU named the football stadium after him.

Edwards is survived by his wife Patti and their three children.