Iconic Odessa Permian Football Coach Gary Gaines Dies at 73

The Permian High School, the school depicted in the book and movie ‘Friday Night Lights,’ and longtime football coach Gary Gaines unfortunately died on Monday, his family announced.

Gaines was 73 and he passed away in Lubbock, Texas after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

“Following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, it is with great sadness that the family of Coach Gary Gaines announces his peaceful passing this afternoon. Memorial plans will be announced in the coming days. Thank you for remembering our family in your thoughts and prayers,” his family said in a statement.

Gaines also coached Abilene Christian University for a few seasons.

Nevertheless, this news stinks. If Billy Bob’s portrayal of Gary Gaines is anything like what he was like in real life, then Coach Gaines touched the lives of a ton of kids in a positive way. It always sucks when the world loses people like this, whether we know these people on a personal level or not.

Friday Night Lights is an all-time great sports movie, by the way. Actually, it’s just an all-time great movie. Yes, it’s way better than the TV Show. Coach Gaines. Mike Winchell. Boobie Miles. Brian Chavez. The whole lot of ‘em.

RIP Coach Gaines.

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