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John U. Bacon

George Perles was born and raised in Detroit, where he starred on the Western high school baseball and football teams. After serving in the Army with 17 classmates, he returned to play for the legendary Duffy Daugherty at Michigan State.

Perles played both offensive and defensive line until he suffered a knee injury -- the kind they can fix in an afternoon these days but career-ending sixty years ago.

Wikicommons

Former Michigan State University head football coach George Perles has died. He was 85.

At MSU, Perles was a player, coach, athletic director, and university trustee. 

George Perles
Michigan State University

Michigan State University trustee George Perles has resigned.

The 84-year-old Perles has dealt with Parkinson's disease for many years, and in his resignation letter says his age and health contributed to his decision.

Larry Nassar
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

A former Michigan State University field hockey player has alleged former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar raped and impregnated her in 1992, and that former athletic director and head football coach George Perles covered it up. Perles is currently a member of the Michigan State Board of Trustees.