JU mourns the passing of legend Roger Strickland
Roger Strickland, legendary baseball and basketball star at Jacksonville University in the early 1960s, passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 70.

Strickland set the standard for JU student-athletes, becoming the school's first All-America selection in both baseball and basketball. Following his unprecedented collegiate career, he was selected in the NBA and MLB drafts.

"Everyone in the JU athletics family has a heavy heart today with the loss of Roger Strickland," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "Roger had a great love and passion for JU and our athletic programs. Since his arrival on campus, he has been a driving force for JU athletics. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as not only has Jacksonville University lost a giant of a man, but so has the city of Jacksonville. "

Armed with his degree in business administration, Strickland went on to a career at BellSouth and retired as the vice president of communication.

Strickland was also a staunch supporter of JU athletics throughout his life, helping create and serving as president of the JU Athletic Association (JUAA), as well as the JU Athletics Hall of Fame - which he served as chairman of since its rebirth in 2007.

He is survived by his sisters Alice Fitzgerald, Theresa Langrehr, Lynn Vitall and Donna DiAngelis, and brothers Edward and Brad Strickland. He also leaves behind two sons, Michael and Douglas, and a daughter, Rebecca.

There will be a vigil and visitation at Prince of Peace Church on Friday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral mass will be at Prince of Peace Church on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. The family will have a private burial service.