Tag:Larry Finch
Posted on: April 2, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 5:09 pm

Former Memphis coach Finch dies

Larry Finch, who led Memphis (then Memphis State) to the 1973 Final Four and later coached the Tigers for 11 seasons, died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

He was 60.

Finch is the winningest coach in school history.

He coached the Tigers from 1986 to 1997 and made six NCAA tournaments.

His health had been poor since suffering multiple strokes in 2001.

"My thoughts are with the friends and family of former Memphis player and coach, Larry Finch," former Memphis coach and current Kentucky coach John Calipari Tweeted Saturday just hours before he was to coach Kentucky against Connecticut in the Final Four.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 4:35 pm

Former Memphis coach hospitalized

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Former University of Memphis coach Larry Finch has been battling "flu-like symptoms" since the weekend and is in the critical care unit at Saint Francis Hospital, a source close to the family told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

A separate source confirmed the news and described the situation as "very serious."

"He's not doing well," that source said. "People should be praying for him. It's not good."

Finch, 59, led Memphis to the title game of the 1973 NCAA tournament as a player and coached the Tigers from 1986 to 1997. He has suffered a heart attack and multiple strokes over the past decade. Complications from diabetes led to both of his legs being amputated in recent years.

Finch's No. 21 is one of just eight numbers retired at Memphis.

The Tigers' practice facility is called the Larry O. Finch Center in his honor.
Category: NCAAB
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