UNT player, athletics chief Fred McCain, 90

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Fred McCain, who for 40 years represented the University of North Texas as quarterback, football coach and athletic director, has died.

Mr. McCain died Tuesday at his home in Denton after a long illness, according to a news release from the UNT athletic department. He was 90.

Mr. McCain was a standout UNT quarterback from 1945 to 1948. In 1947, he led his team to a 10-2 record -- still a school record for wins in a season, the news release stated.

As an assistant football coach under Odus Mitchell in the 1950s, Mr. McCain helped break the color barrier by recruiting Abner Haynes and Leon King to the football program in 1956, which still is widely recognized as the first integration of collegiate athletics in Texas, the news release said.

Mr. McCain was football coach from 1950 to 1971, director of the UNT Coliseum from 1973 to 1982, and director of athletics in 1972 and again in from 1982 to 1987. He was inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987.

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