Former Auburn Coach Earl Brown Passes Away
September 27, 2003
Leesburg, Fla. - Former Auburn head football coach Earl Brown, who helped renew the series with Alabama after a 41-year hiatus, passed away Tuesday in Leesburg, Fla. He was 87.
Brown coached at Auburn from 1948-50 and compiled a record of 3-22-4. His greatest victory as a head coach was a 14-13 upset win over Alabama in 1949, the second year of the renewed rivalry and one year removed from a 55-0 Alabama victory over Auburn. The win still ranks as one of Auburn's most cherished victories ever to fans of that generation.
During Brown's tenure, Auburn renamed its stadium, Cliff Hare Stadium and increased its capacity by 14,000 seats from 7,500 to 21,500.
Brown, who was an All-America selection as a football and basketball player at Notre Dame, also had coaching stops at Brown, Harvard, Dartmouth, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Canisius and the Detroit Lions.
He is survived by his wife: Jerri; sons: Mark and Barry; step-son: Kraig Josenhans; daughter: Sally Ann; stepdaughter: Cindy Fleck; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.