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Legendary Sportswriter Dan Jenkins Dies At 89

Dan Jenkins accepts an award.

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 6: Golf Writer Dan Jenkins speaks during the Golf Writers Association of America Awards Dinner on April 6, 2005 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

A legendary sports columnist and author passed away this week. Dan Jenkins, who often wrote for Sports Illustrated, passed away at the age of 89 on Thursday.

TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati confirmed the news that Jenkins died in his hometown of Fort Worth. "Incredibly saddened to hear the news that Dan Jenkins passed away this evening," Donati said.

"Dan was one of the all-time greatest sport writers and was a proud Fort Worth native. We were blessed to have him in the Horned Frog family."

Jenkins started his career at the Fort Wroth Press before his rise to prominence at Sports Illustrated. He retired from Sports Illustrated in 1985 and went on to pen best-sellers "Semi-Tough,'' "Baja Oklahoma'' and "Dead Solid Perfect."

Jenkins, who played golf at TCU and was a close friend of Ben Hogan, also wrote for Playboy and Golf Digest.

He received the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing and is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. Jenkins was also inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

College football analyst Stewart Mandel praised the legendary writer, "The most influential college football writer that ever lived has passed away. I devoured every word of Saturday's America & many, many of his other books."

Our thoughts are with the Jenkins family.