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Iconic SEC Coach, AD C.M. Newton Has Died At 88

An overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

C.M. Newton, who played at Kentucky before coaching at Vanderbilt and Alabama and becoming athletic director at his alma mater, has passed away. He was 88.

Newton was the AD at Kentucky from 1989-2000. He oversaw the resurgence of the Wildcats' basketball program, including a pair of national titles and four Final Four appearances.

Newton was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Prior to Newton becoming the head coach at Kentucky, he coached at Transylvania (1956-68), Alabama (1968-1980) and Vanderbilt (1981-89). He was a six-time SEC Coach of the Year selection.

Newton took Alabama to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and four NIT appearances. He also led Vanderbilt to the Big Dance twice and the NIT two other times.

During his playing days, Newton was a guard on Kentucky's 1951 national championship squad and also pitched on the baseball team.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Newton's family and friends.

Rest in peace.