(NASHVILLE) Former Vanderbilt football coach George MacIntyre, the 1982 national coach of the year, died Tuesday at age 76, his son, Matt said.

MacIntyre was a Vanderbilt assistant in 1973-74 and later returned to serve as head coach from 1979-85, leading the Commodores to an 8-4 record and Hall of Fame Classic appearance in 1982. He earned the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award and SEC Coach of the Year honor in that same season.

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His son, Mike MacIntyre, is the current head coach at Colorado.

George MacIntyre posted an overall mark of 25-52-1 in seven seasons at Vanderbilt.

"George MacIntyre made a significant contribution to the history of Vanderbilt football," said Roy Kramer, former Vanderbilt athletic director and SEC commissioner. "He arrived at a time when the program was down and he brought excitement back to the campus and city."

Current Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason called MacIntyre "a man of integrity, a man of character and a man who instilled great values in his players that have served them well long after they left the football program at Vanderbilt."

MacIntyre's first head coaching job was at UT-Martin (1975-77). He served numerous college assistant coaching stints, including stops at Clemson and Ole Miss, and was the head coach at Donelson Christian Academy in 1991-92.

"He was an extremely solid human being," Kramer added. "He had concern for his players and was committed to them more than simply being their coach. He cared about their lives. He brought the qualities of honesty, integrity and character that made him successful on and off the field of play.

"He was involved with the Nashville community and even though he struggled with ill health in the later stages of his life, he always kept a twinkle in his eye."