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Former SC coach Jim Carlen dies

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Former college football coach Jim Carlen, who served West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina, has died.

Dunbar Funeral Home said James Anthony Carlen III, 79, died in Columbia on Sunday. A cause of death was not given.

Carlen coached the Gamecocks from 1975 to 1981. He recruited the school's only Heisman Trophy winner, George Rogers.

Carlen was a punter and linebacker for Georgia Tech and first became a head coach at West Virginia in 1966. Texas Tech hired Carlen in 1970 after he led the Mountaineers to their second ever 10-win season. In 1973, Carlen led the Red Raiders to their second-ever 11-win season.

Carlen's 45 victories at South Carolina rank third in the program's more than 100 years of football.

Carlen's coaching record was 107-69-6 over 16 seasons.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, with visitation immediately following in the church gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 8701 Leeds Road, Kansas City, MO 64129 ( or Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204.

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