Very sad to share that Louisiana Lafayette offensive line coach DJ Looney has died following a heart attack during practice today.
At 31 years old, Coach Looney was considered by many to be a rising star in the profession, and Dellenger describes him as “a lightbulb of life, a ball of energy and excitement,” adding that he was always “colorful and entertaining.”
He previously coached the tight ends at Mississippi State, and also was a graduate assistant on Kirby Smart’s staff at Georgia during the 2016 season. Other coaching stops include Central Arkansas and East Mississippi Community College. Looney played his college ball for Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.
Coach Looney leaves behind his mother, father, and sister.
Please join us in praying for coach Looney and those affected by this this tragic event.
Ross Dellenger was among the first to share the news.
DJ brought joy to everyone he met. He made others better.
No doubt he is smiling in God’s presence right now. https://t.co/fiBVONeibP
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) August 1, 2020
Looney was pronounced dead after being transported to a medical center in Lafayette.
He leaves behind a mother, father & sister.
D.J. was a lightbulb of life, a ball of energy & excitement. He was colorful and entertaining.
College football is a worse place in his absence.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 1, 2020