Louisiana assistant coach dies following heart attack during team workout

Amos Morale III
August 01, 2020 - 1:31 pm

The University of Louisiana's Athletic Department announced Saturday morning that assistant offensive line coach D.J. Looney died following a heart attack he suffered during a team workout at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Looney, 31, was entering his third season working  with the Ragin' Cajuns' offensive line.

"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 department said in a stament posted to the programs official Twitter account.

Looney joined the staff in Lafayette after spending time as a tight ends coach at his alma mater, Mississippi State and an offensive graduate assistant at Georgia along with a stints at Central Arkansas,  East Mississippi Community College, the site of the first two seasons of the popular Netflix show Last Chance U.

As a offensive lineman Looney helped the Bulldogs win two bowl games before earning his degree from Mississippi State in  2010.

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