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Former Ole Miss Head Coach Billy Kinard Has Passed Away

A football game between LSU and Ole Miss.

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Ole Miss football is mourning the loss of former player and head coach Billy Kinard. Kinard passed away Saturday at the age of 84 after a lengthy illness.

Kinard suited up for the Rebels from 1952-55 as a halfback and defensive back. He then went on to play five seasons in the NFL.

Kinard later coached his alma mater from 1971-73. He compiled a 16-9 record in two-plus seasons in Oxford.

During Kinard's first season, 1971, he led Ole Miss to a 10-2 record, a top-15 finish in the AP Poll and a win over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl.

After leaving Ole Miss, Kinard was an assistant coach in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns. He also served as the head coach of Gardner-Webb University in 1978, achieving a 4-5-1 record.

Kinard survived by his wife of 62, Kay H. Kinard; son Billy Kinard, Jr., daughter Kathy Kinard, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

Rest in Peace.