Namath's HS coach dies

December 25, 2010

Larry Bruno, a former Geneva (Pa.) College football star who turned down a chance to play for the Steelers and later coached Joe Namath in high school, has died. He was 88.

The Steelers drafted Bruno, a running back, in the 13th round in 1947, but he chose to go into coaching. His career at Monaca (1949-58) and Beaver Falls (1959-78) high schools was highlighted by a Namath-led Beaver Falls team that went 10-0 in 1960 and won a western Pennsylvania championship. There were no statewide playoffs.

Namath chose Bruno to present him when Namath entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

•New Hampshire defensive back JeRome Wilkins, 20, has been indicted on charges of raping a woman at a party in October. Wilkins was suspended from the university and the team after his arrest.

Damaris Johnson broke the NCAA career record for all-purpose yards (7,796) with 326, and Tulsa took advantage of six first-half turnovers to beat No. 24 Hawaii 62-35 in the Hawaii Bowl late Friday in Honolulu.

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