George James

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George James, Jr (born c. 1927 - died September 15, 2008) was the head football coach for the Alabama State University Hornets from 1976 to 1983. During that period he compiled a 41-39-3 record, including a 7-1 record against Tuskegee University and a number of signature upsets, for which he earned the nickname "The Houdini of Football". He was the National Athletic Intercollegiate Association's Coach of the Year in 1976.

James resided in Montgomery. He was survived by his wife, Lois, and three children. Funeral services were held at the Old Ship AME Zion Church in Montgomery.


  • "Former Alabama State Head Coach Dies" (September 16, 2008) Associated Press