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Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford has been excused of his football duties and left campus after the death of his brother, Aaron.

There is no time table for Tony Alford's return to Notre Dame, a university spokesman said.

Aaron Alford, 39, died of an apparent heart attack Monday, according to multiple reports. Aaron Alford was an assistant football coach and athletic director at Park City (Utah) High School.

Before moving to the high school ranks, Aaron Alford was an assistant at Utah from 2007-10. He also had coaching stints at Colorado State – where both he and Tony Alford played in college – Kent State, Southern Utah, Western Illinois, Wyoming and Akron.

Tony and Aaron Alford coached against each other in 2010 when Notre Dame defeated Utah 28-3 in Notre Dame Stadium.