Former OU basketball coach Billy Tubbs enters hospice care
Billy Tubbs, the one-of-a-kind coach who led Oklahoma to the 1988 NCAA men's basketball final, entered hospice care this week near Lake Texoma, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported Friday.
Tubbs, 85, was hired 40 years ago to lead the Sooners and he quickly turned them into one of the nation's most exciting teams, playing at a breakneck pace and often scoring 100-plus points a game.
In 14 seasons at OU, Tubbs' teams won five Big Eight championships, went to nine NCAA tournaments and posted an overall record of 333-132. His 1987-88 team -- led by four future NBA players in Stacey King, Harvey Grant, Mookie Blaylock and Ricky Grace -- won 35 games before falling to Kansas in the NCAA championship game.
Tubbs left OU for TCU in the spring of 1994 and went 155-96 in eight seasons before returning to his alma mater, Lamar, for a second stint as head coach to close out his career.
In 29 seasons as a Division I head coach, Tubbs posted a 609-317 record. A graduate of Tulsa Central High School, Tubbs was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
“I've had a blessed life," Tubbs told The Oklahoman in 2006. "I'm pretty much always happy.”
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione and Lamar athletic director Marco Born were among those to post messages of support for Tubbs on social media.