EUGENE, Ore. — Former Oregon football coach Jerry Frei has died after an extended illness related to heart disease. He was 76.
Frei, who at the time of his death was the Denver Broncos' director of college scouting, died Friday at his home in Denver while working on a scouting report for the NFL draft.
Coaching at Oregon from 1967 to 1971, Frei compiled a record of 22-29-4. His teams included future NFL stars Dan Fouts and Ahmad Rashad, but Frei was criticized for his liberal coaching style, and because he never beat Oregon State.
Frei coached Oregon at a time when Eugene was filled with anti-Vietnam War protests. He let his players wear long hair and express themselves as they pleased, a coaching style that offended many local boosters.