Originally created 06/03/01


James W. "Big Jim" Whatley, a former multi-sport coach at the University of Georgia who was widely considered Alabama's greatest athlete, has died. He was 88.

Whatley died Thursday in Athens, Ga., of heart failure.

Whatley was part of the University of Georgia athletics department for more than 25 years. He was a head coach in both baseball and basketball and also an assistant football coach.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Whatley earned 10 varsity letters at the University of Alabama, three each in football, basketball and baseball and one in track. He was an All-SEC tackle on the 1934 football team that beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

After three seasons in the NFL with the Brooklyn Dodgers and a stint playing minor league baseball, Whatley served in the Navy during World War II. He began his coaching career in 1946 at Mississippi and was hired as Georgia's basketball and football coach three years later.

He made his mark at Georgia in baseball, leading the Bulldogs to SEC championships in 1953 and 1954 and the SEC East title in his final season in 1975. The school didn't win either title again until this season.

He is survived by his wife, Eddie Lou Young Whatley of Athens.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 today at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens.


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This is only the third time in CART history that a pole has been awarded based on points.


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Diliberto's winning kick came after Rhein's James Tuthill had three field goal attempts blocked, two nearing the end of regulation time and one in overtime.

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