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Former Kansas football coach Don Fambrough dies at 88

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Sep. 3, 2011, at 2:14 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 4, 2011, at 11 a.m.

Former Kansas football coach Don Fambrough died Saturday morning after taking a fall outside his Lawrence residence.

Fambrough was 88.

KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said there will be a moment of silence for Fambrough, who had a 37-48-5 record during two stints as KU's coach, before Kansas kicks off its season against McNeese State Saturday night.

"It's a very sad day for a KU fan that Don Fambrough passed away," said Bob Koehn, 55, a Kansas fan eating lunch at the Yacht Club in Lawrence on Saturday. "He was such an icon with his Missouri speeches."

Certainly, Fambrough will be remembered most for the color he added to the Kansas-Missouri rivalry. For years, Fambrough has spoken to the KU team during the week of the "Border War" and delivered a fire-and-brimstone motivational talk.

"He's pretty much intertwined with the Missouri rivalry," said Koehn's 26-year-old son, Ben. "He'll always be remembered for that by somebody my age."

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