Former Georgia assistant Jim Pyburn dies at 78

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Jim Pyburn, a former longtime Georgia football assistant coach, two-sports star at Auburn and outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles, has died.

Georgia officials said Monday Pyburn, 78, died on Saturday night in Jasper, Ala., following a long illness.

Pyburn was a defensive assistant under Vince Dooley at Georgia from 1964, Dooley's first year, through 1979. Pyburn son, Jeff, was a Georgia quarterback from 1976-79.

Jim Pyburn, a native of Fairfield, Ala., was a football and baseball star at Auburn. He led the Southeastern Conference with his .432 batting average in 1953 and played with the Orioles from 1955-57.

Pyburn was inducted into the state of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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