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Hall of Fame Former Louisville Coach Denny Crum Dies at 86

Hall of Fame former Louisville men's basketball coach Denny Crum has died at the age of 86, the team announced in a news release shared on its official website.

Crum coached at Louisville for 30 years (1971-2001), which included leading the Cardinals to two NCAA championships (1980, 1986), six Final Four appearances, three Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles (1972, 1974, 1975), 12 Metro Conference regular-season championships (1977, 1979-81, 1983, 1984, 1986-88, 1990, 1993, 1994) and 11 Metro Conference tournament titles (1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988-90, 1993-95).

"They don't make them like Coach any more. 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."

Crum played for (1956-58) and eventually serving as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach John Wooden (1959-61 (freshman); 1967-71) at UCLA before being hired by Louisville in 1971. The California native went 675-295 during his 30-year tenure with the Cardinals, becoming the second fastest coach to reach 500 wins and ranking 16th all-time in Division I wins.

Crum was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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