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Smith was an assistant at several schools in his 39-year career, never staying long enough at any one place to put down roots. He coached at Stanford, Air Force, Alabama, Arizona, the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, and served three stints as offensive coordinator at UCLA.
“There are two men in my life who’ve made a real difference when it comes to football _ Terry Donahue and Homer Smith are the reason I’m standing here … right now,” said Neuheisel, who played for the Bruins from 1979-83, during Smith’s second stint as coordinator. “I miss Homer already.”
Born on Oct. 9, 1931, Smith grew up in Omaha, Neb., and played fullback at Princeton, earning All-Ivy League honors. He rushed for 273 yards in a game against Harvard in 1952, before graduating two years later.
Smith began coaching in 1958 at Stanford. He spent four years at Air Force, and another seven at smaller schools _ five at Davidson and two at Pacific _ before joining Pepper Rodgers’ UCLA staff in 1972.
Smith took over at Army during the most difficult period in school history. Army was coming off an 0-10 season in 1973 and the Vietnam War was nearing an end. He made progress, compiling a 21-33-1 record before he was fired after a 28-0 loss to Navy.
Still, Smith’s offenses excelled. When opposing defenses loaded the line of scrimmage to stop the ground-gobbling wishbone attack, the Black Knights unveiled their “Bomb Squad.” Quarterback Leamon Hall, who later married Smith’s daughter, Kim, set several academy passing records, and still holds the school record of 38 career touchdown passes.
Smith was a father figure as much as a coach.
“He touched so many lives,” Hall told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. “I’ve been getting emails from generals and captains of industry who credit Homer for their success. Homer was a big influence on them hanging in there at West Point.”
While at Alabama, the highlight of Smith’s time there came in 1989 against Mississippi. Trailing by 21 points, the Crimson Tide scored 62 unanswered points.
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