JSU coach Calvin Magee dies at 59

Jacksonville State University today announced the death of attack coordinator Calvin Magee. He was 59 years old.

JSU said a longtime college football coach died Friday. However, they did not give an official cause of his death.

According to The Star, several sources confirmed that Magee suffered a heart attack last week.

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JSU announced that attacking coordinator Calvin Magee has died at the age of 59.

New Jacksonville State coach Rich Rodriguez mentioned Calvin Magee in the release.

He began, ‘My heart breaks with the sorrow of losing my dear friend Calvin Maggie.’

Rodriguez goes further, ‘Calvin was a great husband, a great father, a grandfather, a great coach, a great friend, a great man. He has had a positive impact on my life and the lives of many others.’

JSU Gamecocks head coach continued, ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his wife Rose, daughters Jade and Jasmine, sons Bryson, his grandchildren and all his friends and relatives. Our world is less, but Heaven is better.’

Rodriguez later said, ‘I miss him already. I love you my brother.’

JSU Athletics Director Greg Seitz also said in a statement: ‘Our hearts are broken by the death of Coach Maggie, who has impacted the lives of so many people in just a few months here at Jacksonville State University’.

Who was Calvin Maggie?

Calvin Magee was a former NFL tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He worked with Rich Rodriguez at four schools. He first worked as an assistant coach in West Virginia, then in Michigan and Arizona. Later he was hired again by Rodriguez for his new program at New Jacksonville State.

Back in January 2018, Magee served as attacking coordinator under then-UNM manager Bob Davie.

Lobo’s offensive line began to decline with impressive skills. In his first five games, he averaged 42.4 points. However, by the end of the season he had lost his last 7 games. He averaged 15.4 points per game. In addition, the quarterback is suffering from injuries, which made Magee’s job quite difficult.

He also worked as a tight end coach for Ole Miss. Meanwhile, Rodriguez served as the Rebels’ attacking coordinator.

Magee has over 20 years of experience in coaching. He stopped by South Florida, West Virginia, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Arizona, New Mexico, All Miss, and Duke.

Magee left a wife and three children.



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