Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/15/12
According to various websites, long-time Rutgers football head coach Frank Burns passed away on Saturday at the age of 84. 

Burns had Scarlet Knight bleeding through his veins. 

He was their starting QB from 1945-1948. In an era where passing touchdowns were not overly common, Burns shined by amassing 35 TD passes in his four seasons. 

He was known for running the "T" formation offense and became a football fan favorite in New Jersey. 

Burns never went to the NFL, but decided to dedicate his life in coaching. He started out his head coaching career for John Hopkins. 

Despite two mediocre seasons with a record of 6-9-1, Frank Burns was hired to coach as an assistant with his Alma modern Rutgers University in 1955. Eventually after over 12 seasons as an assistant, Burns was called on to take over as Rutgers' head coach in 1973. 

Up until the mid 1970s, Rutgers was never considered a powerhouse in College Football. They had never once appeared in a bowl game and were scarcely mentioned in the media. 

Burns sought to change the culture of the team. The change was noticed right away as Rutgers began an eight-year stretch of dominance in College Football. From 1973-1980, Rutgers had an overall record of 65-23-1. 

Actually in 1976 they went undefeated with a record of 11-0, finishing the season 17th in both the coaches and AP polls. However despite the success in 1976, Rutgers still was picked to play in a bowl game. 

That didn’t stop Burns’ passion and drive to lead his team. Because the team went undefeated in 1976, this left the door open for a great amount of media attention. Burns and the team capitalized on this attention and in 1978 were selected to take part in the Garden State Bowl. 

This would be the first and only bowl appearance for Burns and despite the team losing to Arizona State, Burns felt the program was moving in the right direction. 

Burns retired from coaching after the 1983 season with a career record of 84-52-2. He was named the Walter Camp Coach of Year Recipient in 1976 for his leadership of the undefeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights. He is the reason that the program has been able to flourish and become one of College Football’s great teams. 

May we all pray for his family at this time. College Football has truly lost one of its greats.

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