Rollie Massimino Passes Away

Legendary college basketball coach Rollie Massimino has passed away at the age of 82.

If you’re a fan of college basketball — and the old Big East conference — you are quite familiar with Big East legend, Rollie Massimino.

Massimino was the coach for one of the most monumental upsets in the history of college basketball. He died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Massimino has been the coach for Keiser, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the past 10 years. However, he is most famous for his days at Villanova, which entered the 1985 NCAA tournament seeded eighth, and went on to win the national championship against Georgetown, the top-ranked team in the country.

Until recently, Massimino had been in relatively sound health. He had surgery to remove a tumor in his lung in 2011, suffered a collapsed lung and had brain surgery in late in 2016. But, he coached through it all.


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