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College Football Coach's Younger Brother Passes Away Before Bowl Game

A football resting by the pylon at the Temple Owls game

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: A football rests on the pylon prior to the game between the South Florida Bulls and Temple Owls the at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

A college football head coach will be leading his team with a heavy heart in its bowl game.

Temple interim head coach Ed Foley will be coaching the Owls in their bowl game on Thursday, but he'll be doing so after learning some terrible family news.

Foley's younger brother passed away last week. had more on the tragic news:

Since Friday, the bowl preparation has also provided a sense of refuge after the news that day that Cliff Foley, Ed’s younger brother, had passed away.

Ed Foley said on Wednesday the cause of the death was still unknown.

Cliff Foley, a 1987 graduate of Cherry Hill East where he starred in football and baseball and then enjoyed an excellent baseball career at Villanova, has been living for years in Plano, Texas.

During Wednesday’s final press conference at Independence Stadium, Foley talked about his brother and dealing with the tragic situation. (He was asked before the press conference if he would be willing to discuss his brother and Ed Foley was more than willing to oblige.)

Our thoughts are with the Foleys and their family and friends.

Temple is set to play Duke in the Independence Bowl on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. E.T.