COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Al Onofrio, former head football coach at Missouri who also helped design defenses for Dan Devine for more than a decade, died yesterday at a Tempe, Ariz., hospital. He was 83.
About a week ago, Mr. Onofrio was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his son, Mike, said.
Mr. Onofrio, Associated Press' Big Eight coach of the year in 1972, led Devine's defenses from 1958-70, during which the Tigers went 93-37-7, won two Big Eight titles, and made six bowl appearances.
When Devine left Missouri to coach the Green Bay Packers in 1971, Mr. Onofrio took over and went 38-41 in seven seasons. After going 1-10 in his first year, Mr. Onofrio guided the Tigers to the Fiesta Bowl in 1972 and to the Sun Bowl the next season, when the Tigers went 8-4 and was ranked 17th in the nation.
"This is certainly a sad day for Mizzou," said Mike Alden, the school's athletic director. "Everyone associated with Missouri should be thankful for the time he spent here and how much he meant to the institution by what he brought not only with his football expertise, but also his character."