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 CHICAGO (AP) -Alex Agase, a three-time All-American and a College Football Hall of Fame member who coached at Northwestern and Purdue, died Thursday. He was 85.
Agase died at a hospital near his home in Tarpon Springs, Fla., Northwestern officials said Thursday.
A guard and linebacker, Agase was an All-American at Illinois in 1942 and at Purdue in 1943 after transferring to train for the Marines. He returned to Illinois after World War II and earned All-America honors again in 1946 and went on to a six-year pro career that included three championships in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
A native of Evanston, Ill., Agase spent 17 years on the Northwestern sideline. He was an assistant to Ara Parseghian from 1956 to 1963. He became head coach when Parseghian left for Notre Dame, going 32-58-1 in nine seasons.
His best years at Northwestern were 1970 and 1971.
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Agase served as head coach at Purdue from 1973 to 1976 before spending five years as athletic director at Eastern Michigan. In 1989, he was selected to Walter Camp Foundation's All-Century Team.

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