Longtime Ill. high school football coach dies

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Longtime Champaign high school football coach Tom Stewart has died at age 86.

Funeral director Dawn Schweighart at Morgan Memorial funeral home in Savoy confirms Stewart died Sunday.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports (http://bit.ly/GPAwPh ) that Stewart retired from Champaign Central High School in 1983 with a record of 199-74-10. He was at the time the state's winningest active high school football coach.

Stewart also played college football at Illinois in the late 1940s and was a member of the 1947 Rose Bowl team.

Jeff Trigger was both a player for Stewart and later an assistant coach. He called Stewart a great role model

Stewart was a native of Gary, Ind.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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