Sunday, July 22, 2012

Former Gamecock football coach Carlen dies

Former South Carolina football coach Jim Carlen has died, according to WLTX. Apparently, he died late last night.

He was Gamecock football coach from 1974-81, and coached players like George Rogers and others, leading them to prominence in 1980, as George Rogers won the Heisman that season. In 1975, he led the Gamecocks to a 56-20 win over Clemson.

He led the Gamecocks to 3 bowl games, including the Gator Bowl in 1980. That same year, the Gamecocks traveled to Michigan Stadium and defeated the Wolverines. 

He is dead at the age of 79. Carlen was also head football coach at West Virginia and Texas Tech. He graduated from Georgia Tech, playing football there in 1953-54.

He had a record of 25-13-3 at West Virginia from '66-'69, including a 10-1 season in 1969 where his team faced the Gamecocks in the Peach Bowl and beat them.

From 1970-74, Carlen coached at Texas Tech, and he had an 11-1 season in 1973, still one of their best records in team history.

Here is an article about him written in 2005 from The Gamecock.

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