Former TCU coach Billy Tubbs reported to be in hospice care


Former TCU basketball coach Billy Tubbs is reported to be in hospice care.

The Star-Telegram's Mac Engel reports that Tubbs is in a hospice care facility near Lake Texoma.

While Tubbs was, perhaps, better known for his 14 seasons leading the Oklahoma Sooners, he also coached the Horned Frogs for eight seasons, ending with a 65-and-53 record in Fort Worth.

In 1988 he took the Frogs to the NCAA tournament.

Tubbs was often controversial but generally well-liked for his strong personality and humorous stories told in a thick southern accent from his years growing up in Tulsa.

Tubbs became legendary among fans once when he took the microphone during a 1989 game in Norman. Asked by the officials to calm down his home crowd, Tubbs took the mic and said "no matter how terrible the officiating is, don't throw stuff on the floor."

The nature of his illness is not clear. Billy Tubbs is now 85.