Ex-Harvard coach Joe Restic dies

BOSTON -- Joe Restic, who won or tied for five Ivy League football championships during 23 years as coach at Harvard, has died. He was 85.

Restic coached the Crimson from 1971 through 1993. The university said he died Thursday at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.

He retired as the winningest football coach in Harvard football history with a record of 117-97-6. Tim Murphy passed that this season at 120-59 after his team went 9-1.

Restic served as an assistant coach at Brown from 1956-58 and at Colgate from 1959-61. He spent the next nine seasons as a coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, three as head coach. He moved to Harvard the following season.