Vic Bubas, architect of Duke basketball as ACC power, dead at 91

Former Duke basketball coach Vic Bubas, who built the Blue Devils program into an ACC powerhouse, died Monday. He was 91.

Vic Bubas, architect of Duke basketball as ACC power, dead at 91

Vic Bubas, architect of Duke basketball as ACC power, dead at 91

Bubas, who coached Duke from 1959-69, led the school to its first ACC title in 1960 and Final Four appearances in 1963, '64 and '66.

His 213 victories as Blue Devils coach ranks third behind current coach Mike Krzyzewski (1,027) and Eddie Cameron (226).

"Duke basketball lost a true legend earlier today," Krzyzewski said, in part, in a statement Monday. "When I first arrived at Duke, Coach Bubas gave me the best advice. Essentially, he told me to be myself and to focus solely on Duke, while not getting caught up in everything going on around us. We have tried to honor him over the years by playing a level of basketball that lived up to his very high standards, and to those of the program he built here in the 1960s."



Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, Bubas generally is credited with revolutionizing recruiting by reaching out to promising high school juniors, traveling with his staff to see them play, sometimes far outside the ACC's footprint, and meeting the prospects in person.

He retired as Duke's coach at only 42 in 1969, went into administration at the school and then became the first commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference in 1976, serving in that role for 14 years.

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