Former MSU coach Boyd dies at 84

Former MSU coach Bob Boyd passed away Wednesday at the age of 84.

Former MSU coach Bob Boyd passed away Wednesday at the age of 84.

Former Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Bob Boyd passed away of natural causes Wednesday at the age of 84 in Palm Desert, Calif.

Boyd coached the Bulldogs from 1982-86 going 55-87 overall and 29-61 in Southeastern Conference play during his five seasons in Starkville.

The Southern California alum coached at his alma mater from 1967-79 and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice.

Boyd also had head coaching stints at El Segundo (Calif.) High School, Alhambra (Calif.) High School, Santa Ana (Calif.) College, Seattle University, Riverside (Calif.) Community College and Chapman University. He was also an assistant coach at LSU and Utah State.

Boyd concluded his career with a 543-311 record at Seattle, USC and MSU.

Boyd is a member of the hall of fame at both USC and the Pac-12. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, and son, Bruce. Boyd is survived by his sons Bill, Jim, John and 10 grandchildren.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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