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Homer Smith dies at 79; former UCLA assistant football coach
Homer Smith dies at 79; former UCLA assistant football coach

Homer Smith, who served three stints as a UCLA football assistant coach and may have been college's most intellectually gifted offensive mind, died Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Smith, who spent 37 of his 39 coaching seasons at the collegiate level, never received the acclaim of the headliners he served — UCLA's Pepper Rodgers and Terry Donahue and Alabama's Gene Stallings. Smith was introverted and nomadic by nature, never spending enough time in one place to establish a school-specific legacy. He was an assistant coach at Stanford, the Air Force Academy, UCLA, Alabama, Arizona and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. He also...

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