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He was a calm leader in the face of uncertainty.
He showed compassion to give players a much-needed day off to make sure family was OK.
His voice resonated with authority as the decision was made to relocate the school's football operations to Austin and the University of Texas campus.
"I don't know anybody who could handle it as well or better," All-American defensive tackle Ed Oliver said. "He kept us level-headed and level-minded and the worries to a minimum."