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Erk Russell, RIP

Posted by Jon Ham at 8:54 PM

Erk Russell, who was the University of Georgia's defensive coordinator for 17 years before taking over as head coach at Georgia Southern and winning three national championships, died in an auto accident in Statesboro, Ga., today. Russell's tenure coincided with my undergraduate years and many more after that of traveling to Georgia games. Watching him go head to head with his helmeted Junkyard Dawgs defense before each game, with blood streaming from his shaved head, is an image I'll never forget (see photo). Russell was one of many Auburn alums that Vince Dooley (also an Auburn alum) brought with him when he took over the program in 1964. But Russell was the most inspirational. Rest in peace, hairy dawg.

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