Former Oklahoma State coach, player Aubrey dies at 85

Updated: May 6, 2008, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Sam Aubrey, who played on a national championship team in 1946 and succeeded Henry Iba as Oklahoma State's basketball coach, has died. He was 85.

He died Monday at a retirement center in Stillwater, the school's athletic department said Tuesday. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Aubrey was a starting forward on the 1946 national championship team at what was then Oklahoma A&M. It was the second straight NCAA title for the school

Aubrey became coach in 1970 following the retirement of Iba, one of the game's coaching greats. Aubrey coached the Cowboys until 1973.

He was born in Sapulpa, spent three years at Oklahoma A&M and joined the Army during World War II. He then coached in high school and junior college before returning to Oklahoma State as freshman coach and an assistant.

Funeral services are pending in Stillwater.


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