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Gene Chinander, father of Nebraska defensive coordinator, dies in car accident
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Gene Chinander, father of Nebraska defensive coordinator, dies in car accident

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Gene Chinander, the father of Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, died Thursday in a car accident. He was 69.

A longtime high school football coach in Iowa, Gene Chinander struck a parked semitrailer truck near Allison, Iowa, and died at the scene, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

According to a Nebraska spokesperson, Erik Chinander will travel with the team and coach in Saturday’s game at Minnesota.

Chinander has been Scott Frost’s defensive coordinator for six years — the entirety of Frost’s career as a head coach. He has his best statistical defense by some margin in his four years at Nebraska this season.

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