Yale's Hall of Fame coach Cozza dies

Jan 4, 2018 - 6:23 PM Longtime Yale football coach Carm Cozza died Thursday morning after a lengthy battle with illness. He was 87.

Cozza led Yale to 10 Ivy League titles during 32 years as coach (1965-96), posting a 179-119-5 mark. He had an undefeated season in 1968 that famously ended with a 29-29 tie against rival Harvard.

Cozza was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

"Coach Carm Cozza was one of our nation's outstanding role models and leaders of young men. His legacy will have a lasting influence on the Yale community and beyond," said Tom Beckett, Yale's director of athletics.

He initially was hired as Yale's backfield coach in 1963 before becoming head coach two years later.

"I'll be happy to be here all my life," Cozza said on the day of his hiring, per The Hartford Courant.

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