Ragin’ Cajuns assistant coach D.J. Looney dead at age 31

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Ragin’ Cajuns assistant football coach D.J. Looney died of a heart attack Saturday on the practice field, the school announced:

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Department of Athletics mourns the sudden loss of Louisiana Football assistant coach D.J. Looney, who passed away Saturday morning following a heart attack during a team workout at Cajun Field.

Looney, 31, was entering his third season on staff with the Ragin’ Cajuns, working specifically with the offensive line.

At this time, the Department of Athletics asks that fans, friends and acquaintances of Coach Looney keep his family and the football program in their thoughts and prayers.

Looney was 31. He spent the past two seasons as an offensive line assistant for the Cajuns under offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Rob Sale.

“For those who knew D.J. Looney, we can all agree we were better because of it. We lost a tremendous coach, leader and person today. He sincerely cared for others. He had a unique ability to impact and encourage people in a positive way. His smile and energy will be sorely missed. Our team, his family, friends and many others across the nation mourn D.J.’s passing. Most importantly, we will all share memories of a great human being we were lucky to know. We pray for all involved during this difficult time,” said Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Billy Napier

A three-year letterman at Mississippi State, Looney started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater.

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