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Former SMU head coach Ron Meyer dies at the age of 76

08 December 2017

Ron Meyer, head football coach at Southern Methodist University, shouts instructions to his team as they practice for their confrontation with Brigham Young University in the Holiday Bowl Friday, Dec. 17, 1980 in San Diego. The Patriots, being a veteran-heavy team, responded positively to Berry's laconic personality and advanced to the franchise's first Super Bowl a year later.

Meyer was sacked midseason in 1991.

The Patriots of that time were desperate to make a splash in their search for a new coach.

The Rebels'.771 winning percentage under Meyer ranks as the best in the program's history.

He went 18-15 in two seasons with the Patriots. The Rebels finished 11-0 that second season and were ranked No. 2 among small colleges by both AP and UPI, before losing to DE in the NCAA Division II semifinals. Meyer got his coaching start in the in high school ranks with Penn in Mishawaka in 1964.

Meyer, who died Tuesday at the age of 76, brought the Patriots' current offensive line coach, Dante Scarnecchia, with him from Southern Methodist University when he accepted the Patriots' coaching offer in 1982.

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Meyer spent six seasons as SMU's head coach.

"Devastated to hear [of] the passing of my coach and great friend", Dickerson said on Twitter. "My mom and I loved Coach Meyer".

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron and his family. "God bless Coach Meyer!" That was the year Meyer directed Mark Henderson, on work release from prison, to take his snowplow on the field and clear a spot for kicker John Smith on a field-goal attempt during a snowstorm at what was then known as Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro.

He was sacked after a 5-3 start in 1984 and accepted the coaching position in Indianapolis late in 1986 after the Colts started 0-13.

He led the Colts for four full seasons, from 1987-90, as well as parts of the 1986 and 1991 seasons; all told, he was 36-35 with Indianapolis.

Enter Meyer, an OH native and Purdue grad that appropriated Texas-sounding terms such as "slobberknockers" and "blowing snot bubbles" as expressions of the kind of intensity he wanted to see from his players.

Former SMU head coach Ron Meyer dies at the age of 76