Edwards in 2010
|Born||October 11, 1930|
|Died||December 29, 2016 86) (aged|
|Alma mater|| Utah State University (B.A.)|
University of Utah (M.Ed.)
Brigham Young University (Ed.D.)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1954–1961||Granite HS (UT)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 National (1984)|
18 WAC (1974, 1976–1985, 1989–1993, 1995–1996)
1 MWC (1999)
| Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1979)|
AFCA Coach of the Year (1984)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1984)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2003)
| College Football Hall of Fame |
Inducted in 2004 (profile)
Reuben LaVell Edwards (October 11, 1930 – December 29, 2016)was an American football head coach for Brigham Young University (BYU). With 257 career victories, he ranked as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Among his many notable accomplishments, Edwards guided BYU to a national championship in 1984 and coached Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer in 1990.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
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Edwards played football for Utah State University and earned a master's degree at the University of Utah prior to coaching at BYU, where he also earned his doctorate.
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|BYU Cougars (Western Athletic Conference)(1972–1998)|
|1985||BYU||11–3||7–1||1st||L Florida Citrus||17||16|
|1996||BYU||14–1||8–0||1st (Mountain)||W Cotton||5||5|
|1998||BYU||9–5||7–1||T–1st (Pacific)||L Liberty|
|BYU Cougars (Mountain West Conference)(1999–2000)|
|1999||BYU||8–4||5–2||T–1st||L Motor City|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
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