On Thursday afternoon, the college football world received some tough news when a former head coach passed away.
Former Oklahoma Sooners head coach John Blake passed away,
Sad news. John Blake has died. Coach Switzer tells me it was a heart attack while out walking. Says he’d lost a lot of weight and was doing well. Prayers w the former #Sooners HC and devastated family. RIP. @news9@OU_Football
— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) July 23, 2020
" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">according to a report from OKC-KWTV sports director Dean Blevins. He was just 59 years old.
Former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer reportedly told Blevins that Blake died of a heart attack while he was out for a walk. Switzer said the former Sooners head coach had started to lose some weight and was doing well before he passed.
"Sad news. John Blake has died," Blevins said in a report on Twitter.
Coach Switzer tells me it was a heart attack while out walking. Says he’d lost a lot of weight and was doing well. Prayers w the former #Sooners HC and devastated family. RIP."
Blake played his collegiate football at Oklahoma under then-head coach Barry Switzer. He eventually joined Switzer's staff with the Dallas Cowboys before heading back to his alma mater.
Blake served as the Sooners head coach from 1996-99. Unfortunately, he struggled to find success as the team's leader. He racked up a record of 12-22 and never had a winning record in three seasons.
He floated around the collegiate ranks as a defensive line coach before going back to the NFL as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach in 2016.
Our thoughts are with the Blake family and Sooners community.