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November 11, 2007
Dick Nolan passes away

Mike Nolan missed two practices this week to be with his father, Dick, who was in the latter stages of Alzheimer's disease and who also was battling prostate cancer. Today, the elder Nolan passed away at age 75. Dick Nolan coached the 49ers from 1968 to 1975, winning three straight division championchips from 1970-72. Mike Nolan learned the news shortly before the team departed for Seattle. He will be on the sidelines for Monday night's game against the Seahawks and likely return to the Dallas area during the week for his father's funeral.
-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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