South Alabama Football Coach Joey Jones had to address his team Tuesday - not because of a good practice, not because of a game, but because of the loss of a man dear to everyone connected with the program.
"They did a little better than I did. I got up and talked to the kids, it was an emotional thing. But then, you looked out in the audience and every eye was on me. You can tell the love they had for Coach Crain," Jones said.
Crain was found dead in his Spanish Fort home. In 2011, Crain had medical issues which led to several surgeries. It caused him to miss practices and a game last season.
"I don't think any of us realize the pain he was going through with that. I don't think we'll ever understand, but I know Kurt. Even though he told me he was okay, I knew he wasn't 100 percent," Jones said.
Jones said this is a very difficult time for Crain's family and everyone else who loved and respected him.
"He had a great big heart. Tough guy on the outside, coached the kids hard, they were scared of him. When they walked off the field, he told him he loved them," Jones said.
Jones said he's told the players to stay strong, for the team and for Crain's family. Crain leaves behind a wife, Sue, two sons, Jake and Blaine, and a daughter, Shelby.
Crain played in the linebacker position at Auburn University. He also coached there, as well as Troy and TCU.
Funeral arrangements are not set, but Jones said, the family plans on the services being in Birmingham.
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