Looney, who was entering his third season with the Ragin ‘Cajuns as an assistant offensive line coach, died Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack during team training at Cajun Field in Lafayette, the statement said.
“At this time, the athletics department is asking supporters, friends and acquaintances of Coach Looney to keep his family and the football program in their thoughts and prayers,” he said.
Looney previously played for the Mississippi State University football team between 2007 and 2010. In a statement, the school said that “the entire Mississippi state family is deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of one of us as DJ Looney.
“DJ was an exceptional student-athlete and trainer, and an even better person. He had such a positive personality, attitude and smile. DJ will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him. Athletics, said John Cohen.
Looney graduated from MSU with an arts and science degree in 2010, according to the MSU release. While at the school, he spent three years as a representative of the SEC Student Advisory Council and was Chairman of the MSU Campus Student Advisory Council in 2009, after serving as Vice-President. the previous year.
Looney began his coaching career with the MSU Bulldogs in 2011 as a graduate assistant, through MSU.
He was the recruiting coordinator at East Mississippi Community College from 2012 to 2013 and coached tackles and tight ends at Central Arkansas for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. Looney then served as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia in 2016. before coming back. at MSU in 2017 as a tight ends coach.
MSU President Mark E. Keenum called Looney “a great man with a limitless future”.