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Bush, former SHS, MSU player, dies

February 13, 2014


Sleepy Robinson probably would not be where he is today if it were not for crossing paths with Marcus Bush.
Robinson, a former Mississippi State quarterback and now an assistant football coach with the Bulldogs on the staff of Dan Mullen, said he was encouraged to get into coaching by Bush.
Bush, who was a former running back at Mississippi State and Starkville High School, died last Saturday after a battle with cancer. His funeral service will be held Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville at 11 a.m. Visitation is being held today from 1-6 p.m. at West Memorial Chapel in Starkville.
Even though Robinson was a freshman at MSU when Bush was a senior, the two men didn't really get to know each other until after their time as brief teammates.
Bush was the strength coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham when he began to develop a relationship with Robinson.
"I used to go visit him a bunch," Robinson said. "I used to go to Birmingham a lot to see Watson Brown, who was my offensive coordinator when I was playing quarterback here and Marcus was the strength coach.
"He was instrumental in me becoming a coach because I enjoyed being around football and he encouraged me through the process of trying to get into coaching."
As a four-year letterman with the Bulldogs from 1985-88, Bush played for coaches Emory Bellard and Rockey Felker.

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