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    Bill Yoast, the former high school football coach who was portrayed in the 2000 film “Remember the Titans,” died Thursday, The Washington Post reported. He was 94. >> Read more trending news  Yoast died at an assisted living facility in Springfield, Virginia, his daughter, Dee Dee Fox, confirmed. No cause of death was provided, the newspaper reported. Alexandria City Public Schools also confirmed Yoast’s death in a news release. Yoast coached at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria from 1971 to 1996 as the football team’s defensive coordinator. Head coach Herman Boone, the first black high school football coach in the district, led the team in 1971 to an undefeated season and a state championship.  The team’s story was the inspiration behind “Remember the Titans,” in which Denzel Washington played Boone and Will Patton played Yoast. Yoast was the head football coach at all-white Francis Hammond High School, but in 1971 the Alexandria school district consolidated its three high schools, sending the upperclassmen to T.C. Williams and converting Hammond and George Washington into junior high schools, the Post reported. Boone and Yoast 'put aside personal pride and pulled together to solidify a diverse coaching staff and team into the most successful team in the state in 1971,' the school district said in its release. “No doubt, the beginning of our relationship was rocky,” Boone, who coached the Titans from 1971 to 1979, told the Post in a telephone interview. “I didn’t know Yoast. Yoast didn’t know me. I knew that Hammond had no black athletes and I didn’t know if coach Yoast had anything to do with that. But we got to (training camp) and became roommates and found a way to talk to one another. “I think that’s the formula for race relations throughout the world. People have to learn to talk to one another. You have to learn to talk to that individual, and when you talk to that individual, you learn to trust that individual, and that’s the greatest gift God gave to man.”
  • Rod Bramblett, the longtime “Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” and his wife were killed in a two-car accident Saturday night in Auburn, Alabama, the Opelika-Auburn News reported.  >> Read more trending news  Update 7:58 a.m. EDT May 26: Auburn University spokesman Kirk Sampson confirmed the deaths of Rod Bramblett, 53, and Paula Bramblett, 52, USA Today reported. The couple was involved in a two-car crash in Auburn, according to Auburn police and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris. Tributes poured in from members of the Auburn staff and community. >> Notable deaths 2019 “You will not find a kinder, more unselfish soul than Rod,” Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl tweeted. “His love for Auburn, our student athletes and coaches is genuine and heard loud and clear.” Former Auburn football coach Gene Chizik called the news “devastating.” “They were fantastic human beings,” Chizik tweeted. “I will always cherish my 4 years working with Rod. He loved his Tigers. He loved his family. He loved his job. He loved people. Original report: According to Auburn police and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris, Bramblett, 53, and his wife, Paula, were killed when their 2017 Toyota Highlander was rear-ended by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old, AL.com reported. Rod Bramblett was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital, where he later died, the News reported. Harris confirmed that Paula Bramblett, 52, was taken to a hospital in Opelika but died from her injuries, the newspaper reported. 'The fatality accident victims in Saturday's two vehicle collision in Auburn were 53-year-old Rod Bramblett and his wife, 52-year-old Paula Bramblett, of Auburn,” Harris said early Sunday morning. “Paula Bramblett died at 7:50 p.m. in the emergency room of East Alabama Medical Center from multiple internal injuries and Rod Bramblett, known as the 'Voice of the Auburn Tigers, died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham from a severe closed head injury.” While the university has not officially confirmed the Bramblett’s deaths, university president Steven Leath tweeted “Our hearts are full of grief,” and said he and his wife “offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett.” The teen was taken to the same hospital as Paula Bramblett, where he was listed in serious condition, according to the News. The crash happened around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Shug Jordan Parkway and West Samford Avenue in Auburn, WSFA reported. According to Auburn University’s website, Rod Bramblett graduated from the university in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in political science. Bramblett has been the play-by-play announcer for Auburn football and basketball games since 2003. In 1993, he started his Auburn broadcasting career as the voice of the Tigers’ baseball team. Bramblett’s calls during games have been legendary to Southeastern Conference football fans, including “Go crazy, Cadillac” at the 2003 Iron Bowl and “Auburn’s going to win the football game,” when the Tigers returned a missed field goal 109 yards -- “Kick Six” -- to defeat archrival Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl. While attending Auburn, Bramblett began his broadcasting career in Lanett, working for the WZZZ/WCJM radio stations, according to the school’s website. He also worked at WAUD in Auburn from 1989 to 1991 and from 1993 to 1996 Earlier Saturday, Auburn University tweeted that the Brambletts “were involved in a serious car accident” in Auburn.  “We ask the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers,” school officials tweeted.