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Drive-thru memorial service held for former University of Toledo football coach

Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 11:25 AM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A drive-thru memorial service was held Saturday for former University of Toledo football coach Jack Murphy who passed away earlier this month.

People drove up to a tent, filled with photos of Murphy, placed outside of UT’s Savage Arena to pay their respects to the late coach, who died on January 9 at the age of 88.

Murphy was the Rockets head coach from 1971-76. The team’s perfect record in his first season capped off a 35-0 run from 1969-71, including a third straight Mid-American Conference title and a Tangerine Bowl win. Murphy was named MAC Coach of the Year.

Murphy joined the UT staff as an assistant coach in 1960 and rose to defensive coordinator in 1963. In five of Murphy’s last six seasons as defensive coordinator, the Rockets were in the top 10 nationally in total defense, including a No. 1 ranking in 1969.

Murphy left Toledo in 1970 to become the head coach at Heidelberg, his alma mater, but returned to assume the reins in Toledo in 1971.

Murphy was inducted into the University of Toledo’s Varsity T Hall of Fame in 1997.

In lieu of flowers, Murphy’s family have asked that donations be made to the Jack and Carol Murphy Fund at the University of Toledo Foundation. The fund provides scholarships for UToledo student-athletes and can be accessed online at: UTRockets.com/Murphy.

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