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Former Missouri assistant football coach Harry Smith dies

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 9:14 p.m. CDT; updated 10:23 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

COLUMBIA — Harry Smith, a former assistant football coach at Missouri under Don Faurot and Dan Devine, died Tuesday at age 94.

Smith, an All-American player in 1938 and 1939, started his coaching career in 1941 when Faurot's Tigers won the Big Six Conference championship and played in the Sugar Bowl.

Smith also coached for Devine from 1958 to 1966, a stint that included a Big Eight Conference championship and an Orange Bowl victory in 1960, a season that saw Missouri ranked No. 1 nationally for the first time.

A native of Russellville, Smith stayed connected to the Tigers' program despite leaving the sidelines, and was remembered fondly by current coach Gary Pinkel.

"I'm really proud that I personally had a chance to get to know him (Smith) over the years, what a great life he lived," Pinkel said. "He had an unbelievable impact on so many people in and out of football, just a tremendous influence on all of the people he touched. I think being able to have Coach Smith be part of our program has been one of the highlights of my time at Mizzou."

Smith was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and inducted into the Mizzou Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.


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