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Darryl Rogers, former San Jose State head football coach, dies at 83

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Darryl Rogers, who led San Jose State for three winning seasons in the mid-1970s in a coaching career that included stints with Michigan State, Arizona State and the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83.

Rogers was the Spartans’ head coach from 1973 through ’75. San Jose State went 5-4-2, 8-3-1 and 9-2 in his three seasons. Before Rogers’ arrival, the Spartans’ last winning season was in 1961.

“Darryl Rogers gave our football program legitimacy. He demanded detail and execution on both sides of the ball. It was a pleasure to play for him. He was a perfectionist,” James Hawkins, a linebacker on the 1974 and ’75 teams, said in a story on the Spartans’ website.

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