SMU Football News: Former Mustangs coach Bobby Collins passes away

Bobby Collins celebrating with his players (courtesy SMU athletics)

Nov 16

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Bobby Collins, the coach who led SMU to an NCAA-recognized National Championship in 1982, has died. He was 88.

While at SMU, Collins compiled a 43–14–1 record, and from 1982 to 1984, he put together the best stretch in SMU’s history, going 31–4–1.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Collins’ friends and family.
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