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Former WVU Athletic Director and Basketball Player Leland Byrd Passes Away



On Thursday morning, it was announced by West Virginia University that former Director of Athletics Dr. Leland Byrd passed away in his Florida home, on Wednesday. Byrd was 94 years old.

Byrd was named the athletic director in 1972 and served six years until 1978. Byrd played basketball at WVU from 1944-48, becoming the program’s first 1,000-point scorer. Byrd was drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1948 BAA draft.

The Kentucky native was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame for the class of 1991. In 2017, Byrd was recognized with a scholarship in his name at WVU.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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