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Past football coach Snyder dies of cancer

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Former ASU football coach Bruce Snyder died of cancer at the age of 69 on Monday, a University press release stated.

Snyder coached ASU for nine seasons, from 1992 to 2000, and is second all-time in wins (58) among Sun Devil coaches. He is also the

second-longest tenured coach in program history.

In 1996, Snyder won National Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Sun Devils to an 11-0

regular-season record and a berth in the 1997 Rose Bowl.

The 1996 season included the famed 19-0 upset of No. 1 Nebraska.

“Bruce Snyder had a tremendous impact on the history of Sun Devil football,” ASU coach Dennis Erickson said in a statement. “What he accomplished in his career is what we all aspire to. He had as much impact on the Sun Devil program as anyone. I coached against his teams a few times, and his players were always tough, and they competed at the highest level. We have lost one of the great coaches in college football.”

Prior to taking the reins as ASU’s coach in 1992, Snyder spent five seasons as the head coach at Cal.

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