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Eastern Illinois assistant football coach killed in vehicle accident

Charleston, IL (Sports Network) - Eastern Illinois assistant football coach Jeff Hoover was killed in a single vehicle accident late Saturday night. He was 41.

The school released a statement saying the accident was just south of Effingham, Ill. Hoover along with his family and EIU strength coach Eric Cash and his family were returning from Eastern Illinois' first round playoff game at Southern Illinois when the vehicle they were driving swerved to miss a deer and rolled over.

"We are very saddened by the loss of Jeff Hoover," said EIU athletic director Barbara Burke. "He was a valuable member of our football staff and was looked up to by the young men in our football program. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Penny and their two children along with Eric Cash and his family in this difficult time."

11/30 16:21:36 ET