HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Alabama A&M defensive line coach Ben Blacknall was found dead this morning, The Times has learned.

Sources says Blacknall, a longime diabetic, died due to a diabetic coma. School officials are expected to release a statement later today.

Blacknall just completed his sixth season as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator with the Bulldogs. Before coming to A&M, Blacknall worked in the business world. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as the head coach at Delaware State from 2000-2003, compiling a 20-25 record with the Hornets. He was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of  the Year in 2000.

Blacknall and A&M head coach Anthony Jones had a  long relationship.

Blacknall coached Jones at Wichita State and they later coached together at South Carolina State and Morehouse College before Backnall came to A&M.

During Blacknall’s tenure at A&M, he coached a number of All-Southwestern Athletic Conference defensive linemen, including Jeremy Maddox, Chris Traylor and Corey Hart. Referenced from al sports