Former MSU coach Bellard in poor health

By NEMS Daily Journal

Former Mississippi State and Texas A&M head football coach Emory Bellard is in poor health as he struggles with the effects of ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Texas newspapers have reported that Bellard’s wife, Susan, informed many of his former A&M players of her husband’s condition by e-mail this week.
Bellard, 82, was 48-27 in six-plus seasons at Texas A&M (1972-78), with back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1975-76. After resigning at midseason in 1978, he took over at MSU in 1979 and compiled a 37-42 record in seven seasons.
He had two winning seasons in Starkville, 9-3 in 1980 and 8-4 in 1981.
Before becoming a head coach, Bellard developed the wishbone offense as an assistant at Texas.