Texas legend, former Purdue head coach dies at 82
Former Wyoming Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Purdue Boilermakers head coach Fred Akers passed from complications from dementia on Monday. He was 82 years old.
The Longhorns’ official athletic Twitter account honored him with a release.
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A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Akers played for the Razorbacks from 1958-59 and began his coaching career in 1963 at Edinburg (Texas) High School.
Following three seasons at the prep level, he joined legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal’s staff in 1966, serving as his co-offensive coordinator.
Akers would receive his first collegiate head coaching job in 1975, moving to Laramie to assume the reins of Wyoming.
Replacing Royal in Austin in 1977, Akers posted an 86-31-2 record at the helm of the Longhorns, making him the third-winningest coach in program history, and captured two Southwest Conference championships.
His tenure in West Lafayette was less successful, as he won 12 of his 44 games, including a 9-23 mark in the Big Ten, from 1987-90.
Now piloted by Tom Herman, the 30th head coach in school history, the 2020 version of Texas currently stands at 6-3 (5-3 Big 12). The Longhorns’ scheduled game in Lawrence against the Kansas Jayhawks (0-9, 0-8) on Saturday was postponed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) issues within the Jayhawks’ program.