PICKENS COUNTY, SC. (THECOUNT) — Former NFL coach Sam Wyche has died. He was 74.

Wyche, who was currently living in Pickens County, would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Sunday.


According to local reports, Wyche went into hospice on Dec. 30 and died Thursday morning of melanoma.

Wyche coached the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is known for introducing the use of the no-huddle offense as a standard offense, reports WYFF.

Wyche was also a Furman quarterback and spent time as a volunteer coach for Pickens High School.

Wyche was in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame, the Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wyche had a heart transplant in September 2016 after living with cardiomyopathy for 15 years.

Geo quick facts: Pickens County is a county in the northwest part of the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 119,224. Its county seat is Pickens. The county was created in 1826. It is part of the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.