Former Kentucky, Baylor coach Morriss dies at 71

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Guy Morriss, who coached Kentucky and Baylor, died Monday night at age 71.

Former Kentucky Wildcats, Baylor Bears football coach Guy Morriss dies at 71 11:16 AM ET Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Former Kentucky and Baylor coach Guy Morriss died Monday night at age 71. Morriss coached Kentucky in 2001 and 2002 and then spent the next five seasons leading Baylor, going 27-54 with the two universities. He later coached Division II Texas A&M-Commerce for four years. In 2016, Morriss was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Morriss' doctor told WKYT television in 2017 that the Alzheimer's likely was caused by Morriss' football career. He played offensive line for TCU and 15 NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots (1973-87), appearing in 229 games (including playoffs) and making 180 starts. The Eagles drafted him in the second round of the 1973 draft. Guy Morriss coached Kentucky in 2001 and 2002 and then spent the next five seasons leading Baylor. Andy Lyons/Getty Images He spent the first part of his coaching career working with offensive lines at both the pro and college levels. Morriss came to Kentucky in 1997 as offensive line coach and assistant head coach, and was named interim coach after Hul Mumme's resignation amid a recruiting scandal. Morriss had his only winning season in 2002, when Kentucky went 7-5, before heading to Baylor. He last coached in 2015 with Lexington Christian Academy in Kentucky.