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Former Duke Men's Basketball Coach Vic Bubas Has Died

Cameron Indoor Stadium during a Duke game.

Cameron Indoor Stadium during a Duke game.

A former Duke men's basketball coach has reportedly passed away. He was 91.

Vic Bubas, who led the Blue Devils' men's basketball program from 1959-1969, has died. Duke confirmed the news to a local North Carolina outlet.


Former Duke men's basketball coach Vic Bubas has died, a Duke University spokesman told WRAL Monday afternoon.

No additional details about Bubas' death have been released.

Bubas, who played and coached at North Carolina State before taking the Duke job in 1959, was 91.

Bubas, an Indiana native, led Duke to three Final Fours. He won four regular season ACC championships and four ACC Tournament championships.

Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith credits Bubas with making coaches care more about recruiting.

"Vic taught us all how to recruit, we had been starting on prospects in the fall of their senior years while Vic was working on them their junior year. For a while, all of us were trying to catch up with him," Smith said.

Our thoughts are with Bubas' family and friends. May he rest in peace.