College basketball’s Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum, who won titles with Louisville in the 1980s, p@ssed away on Tuesday(9 May 2023) at 86, as stated by several resources found online.
Crum played collegiate basketball at UCLA for John Wooden in the late ’50s and became an assistant coach for the Bruins under Wooden, where he was a part of three national championship teams. In 1971, the University of Louisville recruited the Californian as head coach, and the team quickly became one of the best in the country.
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In Crum’s 30 years as head coach, the Cardinals went to the Final Four six times, winning in 1980 and 1986, and qualified for the NCAA tournament 23 times. His teams won 15 regular-season conference titles between the Missouri Valley Conference and Conference USA, where he is now the head coach at Louisville.
Crum won his 500th game in 1993, making him the second-fastest coach ever to do it. While at Louisville, he posted a 675-295 record and earned the nickname “Cool Hand Luke” for his unruffled manner. He retired in 2001.
As ABCNEWS claims, “They don’t make them like Coach anymore. Coach Crum was the type of coach that everybody gravitated to,” former Louisville star Darrell Griffith told WDRB in 2022. “He was just so personable. … He opened up this program to the city. Everybody was welcome. People feel that.”
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 inducted Crum. About 25 years later, he was one of six coaches recognized with a memorial bench outside the Springfield, Massachusetts, Hall of Fame, built around a monument of Dr. James Naismith.
Officials from Naismith said the award was given to a team that best embodied the hall’s namesake’s principles of collaboration, dedication, self-respect, leadership, innovation, and persistence.
Current Louisville head coach and Crum player Kenny Payne said he was praying for Crum’s family and said Crum was a great treasure for the university and the community.
“Today is sad for me and the basketball world,” Payne said. “My thoughts go through all the lessons that he taught, not just to me, but every player he ever came in contact with. … Rest in peace, Coach. You touched so many. Well done.”
The relevant tweet is included below:
We were so blessed to have Coach Crum in our lives. Rest in peace Coach. pic.twitter.com/I1jpmf2L04
— Kenny Payne (@coachkennypayne) May 9, 2023
Junior Bridgeman, a former star for the Cardinals, agreed with Payne that Crum had a lasting effect on the game.
“He said if you are good at what you’re going to do, we’re not going to worry about what the other team is going to do,” said Bridgeman, who played for Crum from 1972-75. “That’s a life lesson that’ll carry you farther and in whatever area you go into.”
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Upon retirement, Crum started the “Denny Crum Scholarship Fund,” which awards scholarships to Louisville for students who show a “commitment to leadership and community service, academic achievement and volunteer involvement.” Louisville’s home court at the KFC Yum! The Center is named after him.
Crum was diagnosed with a small stroke in 2017 while fishing in Alaska, which landed him in the hospital. After another stroke two years later, he was again hospitalized.
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