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WVU associate athletic-director dies

September 4th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia associate athletic director for academic support Curtis Jones died Wednesday morning, according to the university.

Jones, 40, came to WVU from Texas, having spent three years as the Longhorns' assistant athletic director.

"Curtis Jones was a close friend, a role model to our players and a true professional," WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "His loss will be felt by all of us in many ways. On behalf of WVU football, I offer my deepest sympathies to Mary Ellen and all of Curtis' family."

Holgorsen brought Jones to Morgantown to oversee the academic side of his program.

"The Mountaineer athletic family is overwhelmed with sorrow at the sudden passing of Curtis Jones. In his brief time with West Virginia University, he brought passion and professionalism to his position as the head of academic support for all of our WVU student-athletes," said WVU athletic director Oliver Luck. "He was a beloved figure among the coaches, fellow administrators and student-athletes. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, particularly with his wife, Mary Ellen Jones, a valued member of our Mountaineer family."

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