Former Georgia Southern coach Erk Russell was killed in a car crash:
Russell was delivered by ambulance to the Statesboro hospital at about 9:10 a.m. and was pronounced dead on arrival, Bigley said. He said Russell’s death was “not from injuries” related to the wreck.
“There hasn’t been a thorough examination, but the speculation is that he may have had a stroke,” Bigley said.
Russell, who earned national prominence during 17 years as the University of Georgia’s defensive coordinator, moved to Georgia Southern to build the school’s first football team since 1941. He won Division I-AA championships in 1985, ’86 and ’89.