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Former IU Football Coach Dies

Last updated on Wednesday, July 2, 2008

(OXFORD, OH) - Former Indiana University football coach John Pont died early Tuesday morning. He was 80.

Pont coached the Hoosiers for eight seasons from 1965 to 1972, leading IU to the school's lone Rose Bowl appearance following the 1967 season.

Following a 1-8-and-1 season in 1966, Pont turned the program around in 1967, finishing with a 9-and-2 mark. The Hoosiers lost to eventual national champion Southern California 14-3.

Pont was a unanimous choice for national coach of the year honors following the 1967 season.

Pont had coached at Miami of Ohio and Yale before taking over the Hoosiers. He left IU to become football coach at Northwestern University and was later the Wildcats' director of athletics.

Pont attended college at Miami, playing halfback under legendary coaches Woody Hayes and Ara Parseghian. His number 42 was later retired at Miami.

Pont was a member of the halls of fame at both Indiana and Miami.

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