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Joe Lee Dunn, former Gamecocks defensive coordinator and longtime SEC coach, has died

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Longtime college football coach and former South Carolina defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn died on Tuesday, FootballScoop and others reported. Dunn was 75. “It was truly an honor to play for one of the best defensive coordinators college (football) has ever seen,” per a Twitter post from Texas Tech associate head coach/defensive coordinator Derek Jones, who played for Dunn at Ole Miss. “Coach Joe Lee Dunn demanded that you play hard and if you weren’t mentally and physically tough, you couldn’t play for him. His mentality helped to mold many men. RIP Coach.” The Ozark, Alabama native served as the defensive coordinator at South Carolina in 1987 and 1988 under head coach Joe Morrison. The Gamecocks were a combined 16-8 over those two years.

When Morrison died unexpectedly in February 1989, Dunn publicly campaigned to be South Carolina’s next head coach. The Gamecocks instead hired Sparky Woods from Appalachian State.



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