Former Kansas football head coach Pepper Rodgers, who led the Jayhawks into their second Orange Bowl berth, died Thursday in Reston, Va., the university announced Friday. He was 88.


Rodgers guided KU from 1967-70, a stint that included the program's 9-2 campaign in the '68 season. That year was capped with a 15-14 defeat to No. 3 Penn State at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1969.


Rodgers compiled a 20-22 record at KU and was named Big Eight coach of the year twice. KU held a No. 6 national ranking after the conclusion of the '68 season.


Rodgers later served as head coach at UCLA (1971-73) and his alma mater Georgia Tech (1974-79), putting together a 13-season record of 73-65-3. He also held the role of vice president of football operations for the Washington Redskins from 2001-04.


The Atlanta native is survived by his wife, Janet Lake Livingston.