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Former Creighton coach Red McManus dies at 88

Creighton announced Tuesday that former coach John J. "Red" McManus has died.

He was 88.

"Sad to hear about Red McManus," Tweeted Creighton All-American Doug McDermott. "A legend that will never be forgotten."

McManus led Creighton from 1959 to 1969 and twice took the Bluejays to the NCAA tournament. Paul Silas and Bob Portman are among the notable players he coached. Creighton inducted McManus into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979.

"Red McManus will be remembered as one of the greatest Bluejays," said Creighton AD Bruce Rasmussen. "His passion for life is something we'll cherish with fondness as we remember all that he did within the Omaha community and for Creighton."


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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