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Denny Crum, hall of fame coach and 2-time NCAA champion, dies at 86

LOUISVILLE, Ky. β€” Denny Crum, who gained two NCAA championships whereas serving because the College of Louisville’s males’s basketball coach for 30 years (1971-2001), handed away at his residence Tuesday morning. He was 86.

He directed Louisville to the 1980 and the 1986 NCAA championships, rating him as certainly one of solely 14 coaches in NCAA historical past to win two or extra titles. Six instances he guided the Cardinals into the NCAA Last 4, together with 4 instances within the decade of the ’80s. Solely 5 coaches all-time coached extra Last 4 groups than Crum.

The person admirably labeled “Cool Hand Luke” by former commentator Al McGuire was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame on Could 9, 1994.

πŸ—“ Crum and different coaches who reached the Last 4 of their first 12 months teaching

Crum guided the Cardinals to 23 NCAA match appearances, Tenth-most by a coach all-time. Crum’s groups recurrently confronted one of many nation’s hardest schedules and he amassed a 675-295 profession teaching report, together with a formidable 42-22 NCAA match mark. Three of his squads participated within the NIT, reaching the NIT semifinals in 1985. The Cardinals captured or shared 12 Metro Convention common season titles and 11 post-season match championships below Crum’s steering. Crum engineered UofL to twenty or extra victories in 21 of his 30 seasons.

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Denny Crum celebrates winning the 1980 NCAA title.Denny Crum celebrates profitable the 1980 NCAA title.

After his retirement following the 2000-01 season, Crum continued to work as a particular assistant to the UofL president for a number of years. The KFC Yum! Heart courtroom has been named in his honor. Since 2001, The Denny Crum Scholarship Basis and the Denny Crum Scholarship Fund at UofL have awarded over 1,000,000 {dollars} benefiting over 425 college students. The San Fernando, Calif., native made Louisville his residence and has lent numerous hours of his time for charitable causes all through the neighborhood for over 50 years.

A brand new residence corridor on the UofL campus was just lately named in his honor. Denny Crum Corridor made potential by L&N Federal Credit score Union opened within the fall 2022 semester and homes a mix of student-athletes and non-student athletes. Males’s and girls’s basketball and girls’s lacrosse student-athletes β€” who every prepare within the adjoining facility, dwell within the residence corridor.

Info on preparations for Crum might be launched as soon as finalized.

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