U.W.'s Most Successful Football Coach is Dead at 88

Laramie, WY – Former U.W. head football coach Lloyd Eaton died yesterday at age 88. He was the most successful head coach of the Cowboys of all time, winning three consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships between 1962 and 1970. Bill Young was the sports information director during Eaton's tenure. Young remembers him as a kind friend who once helped him paint his house. But on the field, he was all business. "He was a very successful coach, a very tough disciplinarian, a very tough task master," he said. In 1969, Eaton received national criticism after he dismissed 14 black players from the team. The 14 wanted to protest Brigham Young University, saying that the Mormon religion discriminated against blacks. Bill Young says that episode was a blot on an otherwise stellar career.