Pete Elliott, who coached the last Cal team to reach the Rose Bowl and later became the longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's history, has died. He was 86.

Elliott coached the Golden Bears from 1957-59, guiding the 1958 team with quarterback Joe Kapp to a 7-4 record and a Pacific Coast Conference title. Cal lost to Iowa 38-12 on Jan. 1, 1959.

Elliott served as the Pro Football Hall of Fame director from 1979-96 and continued as a member of the Hall's board of trustees in his retirement.

He was an All-America quarterback at Michigan in the 1940s before a long coaching career. He led Illinois to the 1964 Rose Bowl and was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

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