Ex-Vols captain, MTSU assistant Joe Black Hayes dies at 98

Ex-Vols captain, MTSU assistant Joe Black Hayes dies at 98

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MURFREESBORO (AP) - Joe Black Hayes, a former Tennessee team captain who spent nearly two decades as a Middle Tennessee assistant coach, has died. He was 98.

John Woodfin, president of the Woodfin Memorial Chapel, confirmed Wednesday that Hayes died Monday at the AdamsPlace assisted living facility in Murfreesboro. Middle Tennessee and Tennessee each issued releases announcing Hayes' death.

Hayes played for Tennessee from 1935-37 and was a captain his final year. He also lettered in wrestling and track and field at Tennessee.

Hayes worked as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee from 1950-68. He founded Middle Tennessee's wrestling team in 1950 and established Middle Tennessee's track program in 1955. He was inducted into Middle Tennessee's Blue Raider Hall of Fame in 1997.

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