TALLAHASSEE -- Tom Nugent, a Lawrence, Mass., native and pioneering college football coach who is credited with developing the I formation, died of congestive heart failure yesterday at a Florida nursing home. He was 92.
A member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his innovations, Mr. Nugent is also credited with creating the ''typewriter" huddle, in which players stood in two rows rather than a circle while plays were being called.
He was head coach at Virginia Military Institute, Florida State, and Maryland, and posted a record of 89-80-3 over 17 seasons before turning to broadcasting and public relations.
During his six years at Florida State in the mid-1950s, he also served as the school's athletic director and coached ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso and actor Burt Reynolds.
''He put FSU on the map in the early years," Reynolds said yesterday. ''He was an innovator, who brought a whole new style of football with the I formation. I love him, and I'll miss him."
Mr. Nugent led the Florida State Seminoles to a 34-28-1 record and two bowl games from 1953 to 1958.
Mr. Nugent coached at Maryland from 1959 through 1965, posting a 36-34 record.
After coaching, Mr. Nugent was a sports broadcaster, spending four years in the late 1960s with ABC at WPLG-TV in Miami.
He then did public relations work for several years, including a stint at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne in the 1970s.
Mr. Nugent was inducted into the halls of fame at Florida State and New York's Ithaca College, where he won 10 letters in baseball, basketball, football, and track.
A captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Mr. Nugent served as a fitness trainer for officers heading overseas.
Mr. Nugent's wife of 61 years, Peg, died in 2002.
He leaves five sons, four daughters, 15 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.