Louisiana assistant, 31, dies after heart attack


Louisiana assistant offensive line coach D.J. Looney died suddenly on Saturday after sustaining a heart attack during a team workout. He was 31 years old.

Looney, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, played offensive line at Mississippi State and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant there under former head coach Dan Mullen in 2011.

Looney had coaching stops at Georgia, Central Arkansas and East Mississippi Community College, before joining the Louisiana staff under coach Billy Napier prior to the 2018 season.

The school announced Looney’s passing on Saturday afternoon.

“At this time, the Department of Athletics asks that fans, friends and acquaintances of Coach Looney keep his family and the football program in their thoughts and prayers,” the school said in a statement.

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