Former Vols Footballer Brown Dies In Florida

Knoxville (Sports Release) - Former football guard Earle W. Brown, who had his Tennessee playing career divided by World War II, died Monday in Tallahassee, Fla. Brown was 90.

A Knoxville native, Brown lettered for the 1939 and 1945 UT football teams that won a combined 18 games against two losses. The 1939 Vols did not allow a single point in 10 regular season contests, the last major college team to accomplish that feat. Tennessee finished second in the national polls. Six years later, Brown returned from his stint in the war to play for an 8-1 Vols team that lost only at No. 6-ranked Alabama.

Brown went on to become a legend among Florida prep coaches. He coached football at Clearwater High School from 1958-77 and was greatly respected by his players and staff. One of his prospects, George Hunt, signed with Tennessee and earned All-SEC placekicking honors in 1971.

Brown owned the winningest coaching record in Pinellas County at his retirement with 130 victories. His record currently ranks third in the county. Brown coached Clearwater into the state playoffs three times -- in 1964, 1969 and 1970, the latter after an undefeated regular season.

After retiring from coaching in 1978, Brown and his wife, Marie, sold antiques and did shows in Tallahassee, Houston, and Charleston, W.Va.

Brown is survived by his two daughters, Cindy Miller of Tallahassee, and Brenda Taylor of Houston. There are two grandsons: Michael Taylor and Joey Miller. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Clearwater.

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