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Texas State alumnus Emory Bellard, who was credited with developing the wishbone football offense, died Thursday morning in Georgetown. He was 83.
Bellard, who graduated from the university in 1949, was the offensive coordinator at the University of Texas when he developed the multiple-running-back offense in 1968.
He was honored as a distinguished alumnus of Texas State in 1978.
Bellard worked as head coach at Texas A&M, where his teams went 48-27 in seven seasons, and at Mississippi State, where he was 37-42 in seven seasons.
He also coached at Texas high schools for 21 seasons, compiling a record of 177-59-9. He won state titles at Breckenridge (1959-59) and San Angelo Central (1966).
Cathy Capps, director of the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association, told the Associated Press that Bellard died early Thursday at a care facility in Georgetown. She said Bellard had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, since last year.
Bellard, one of 12 children, was born on Dec. 27, 1927 in Luling. He graduated from Aransas Pass High School and went to Texas on a football scholarship. He broke his leg during his sophomore season, ending his playing career, and later transferred to Southwest Texas.
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