An OU legend is gone.
Former Sooners basketball head coach Billy Tubbs died Sunday morning. He was 85. Tubbs had battled an undisclosed form of leukemia since 2015.
Tubbs was OU’s all-time winningest coach, compiling a 333-132 record in 14 seasons. He led the Sooners to four Big 8 conference titles.
His crowning achievement was taking the 1987-88 Sooners team to the NCAA National Championship game. The team was spear-headed by three future first-round NBA draft picks: Mookie Blaylock, Harvey Grant, and Stacey King. OU would lose to Kansas in the title game, 83-79.
Tubbs grew up in Tulsa and attended Central High School.
Tubbs' family confirmed his death to OU athletics. In a statement, the family said Tubbs watched his beloved Sooners football team beat Texas Tech Saturday night.
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