Sad News: Former Cal, ASU Head Coach Bruce Snyder passed away at 69

Normally there is no need to report on news from other Pac-10 schools, but I feel this is necessary in case you haven't seen the ESPN report yet. Bruce Snyder, after a 10 month fight with cancer, has passed away at the age of 69. This from ESPN:

After leading the Sun Devils to an 11-0 regular season, Snyder earned consensus 1996 national coach of the year honors. He also was named Pac-10 coach of the year twice, once at Arizona State and in 1990 as California's head coach.

And here's more about the 1996 season:

Snyder's grand achievement was the Sun Devils' 1996 run. Led by quarterback Jake Plummer, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, ASU landed on the national map with a stunning 19-0 upset of two-time defending national champion and top-ranked Nebraska. The Sun Devils played in their second Rose Bowl, falling to Ohio State 20-17 on a last-minute touchdown, and concluded the season ranked fourth in the national polls.

As you may or may not know, Arizona State was my first love (my dad went there, and I was never a huge Beaver fan until coming to school here) so I have vidid memories of that season as probably one of the most fun season's I've ever had.

Bruce Snyder by no means would have been considered a great coach, but he was a solid coach and led good programs. He will be missed by many.

R.I.P., Coach.

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