As Lynn Henning of the Detroit News first reported on Wednesday afternoon, former Michigan State, Arizona State, and Detroit Lions head coach Darryl Rogers passed away early Wednesday morning at the age of 83.

Henning's tweet reporting the news:

Rogers led the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten championship in 1978 behind star quarterback Eddie Smith and All-American wide receiver Kirk Gibson.  The Spartans would have went to the Rose Bowl that season.  But because of NCAA probation, fellow Big Ten co-champ Michigan got the bid to Pasadena.

After leaving East Lansing after the 1979 season, he moved on to Arizona State University.  He coached in Tempe, Arizona through the 1984 season.  He then moved to the NFL for the 1985 season, coaching the Detroit Lions for nearly four full seasons.

Rogers coached previously with Fresno State and San Jose State before coming to Michigan State in 1976.

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