BYU football: LaVell Edwards recovering after open-heart surgery
College football • Former BYU coach turned 82 last October.
Published: December 28, 2012 08:11PM
Updated: April 8, 2013 11:34PM
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Tribune file photo BYU Coach LaVell Edwards checks the clock during a game against the Washington Huskies in 1999.

Former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards was recovering in his Provo home on Friday after undergoing open-heart surgery on Sunday at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Edwards, who turned 82 last October, needed the surgery after doctors discovered troubling irregularities after performing chest X-rays and an electrocardiogram (EKG) test.

One bypass operation was performed on Edwards’ heart, and some calcium buildup was removed.

Edwards was BYU’s coach from 1972 to 2000, compiling a 257-101-3 record.

Since retiring, he has served an LDS Church mission with his wife, Patti, in New York City and maintained an active lifestyle, playing golf and traveling.