Former ASU Football Coach Dies - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Former ASU Football Coach Dies

George James, Jr. during his years as ASU head coach (1976-82) George James, Jr. during his years as ASU head coach (1976-82)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - WSFA 12 News has confirmed that former Alabama State University head football coach George James, Jr. has died.

James was known by his fans as the 'Houdini of Football' for being able to win games against huge odds.

He won seven out of eight Turkey Day Classics against rival Tuskegee University and took the Hornets to overall 41-39 and 3 record in his six years as coach (1976-82).

James won the distinction of being the Coach of the Year 1976 by the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association (NAIA)

"The ASU family is saddened at the loss of this great football coach who brought distinction to our school both on and off the field due to his sterling character and good sportsmanship," Dr. William Harris said Monday.

Mr. James, 81, died at his home in Montgomery, Sunday. He was surrounded by family members.

He is survived by his wife, Lois, and three children, Joe James, Jessica James and Kenneth Waters.

Funeral arrangements are set for Friday morning at 11:00 at Old Ship AME Zion Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Coach George James, Jr.  Athletic Scholarship at ASU's Trust Fund, P.O. Box 271, Montgomery, Al. 36101. Cummings Funeral Home directing services.

All photos courtesy of the ASU Office of University Relations.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 shot, student in custody in IN middle school shooting

    2 shot, student in custody in IN middle school shooting

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:40 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:40:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:43:05 GMT

    At least three people have been taken to hospitals, and two of those were reportedly shot.

    More >>

    At least three people have been taken to hospitals, and two of those were reportedly shot.

    More >>
  • Civilians kill gunman after 3 shot at Oklahoma restaurant

    Civilians kill gunman after 3 shot at Oklahoma restaurant

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:55 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:55:46 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    More >>
  • Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:02:28 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:14:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • Dems alarmed when WH lawyer shows up at classified briefing

    Dems alarmed when WH lawyer shows up at classified briefing

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:42:57 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:59:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves a classified briefing about the federal investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves a classified briefing about the federal investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018.

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers have received classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's election meddling.

    More >>

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers have received classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's election meddling.

    More >>
  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:59:03 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    More >>
  • Referendum in Ireland could lift strict ban on abortion

    Referendum in Ireland could lift strict ban on abortion

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:58:43 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly