MIAMI (AP) — Bill Arnsparger, the Miami assistant coach who directed the “No-Name Defense” that helped the Dolphins win Super Bowl titles in 1973 and 1974, died Friday. He was 88.
The Dolphins confirmed Arnsparger’s death. The team didn’t provide a cause of death.
Arnsparger left the Dolphins after the 1974 Super Bowl to coach the New York Giants, going 7-28 before he was fired after an 0-7 start in 1976. He returned to Don Shula’s Miami staff and remained with the Dolphins until 1983, helping them reach another Super Bowl.
Arnsparger was LSU’s head coach from 1984-86, leading the Tigers to two Southeastern Conference titles in three season before leaving to become Florida’s athletic director. He completed his coaching career as the San Diego Chargers’ defensive coordinator in 1992-94.
Before jumping to the NFL with Shula with the Baltimore Colts in 1964, Arnsparger was a college assistant at Miami of Ohio, Ohio State, Kentucky and Tulane. With the Colts, Arnsparger coached the defensive line on teams that reached the 1964 NFL title game and 1969 Super Bowl.
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