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Charlie Spoonhour Dies

Charlie Spoonhour _ the former coach at
Missouri State, St. Louis and UNLV _ has died. He was 72.

     Chuck Harker, the funeral director at Walker's Funeral Home in
Chapel Hill, says Spoonhour died Wednesday.

     Spoonhour was a popular coach known for his homespun humor and
oncourt success. He was diagnosed in 2010 with a lung disease
called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which required a transplant
at Duke University Medical Center.

     Spoonhour spent nine seasons at Missouri State, then known as
Southwest Missouri State, and went 197-81 with five NCAA tournament

     He left for St. Louis in 1992, compiling a 122-90 record in
seven seasons with three NCAA appearances.

     He retired briefly then returned to coaching at UNLV, going
54-31 in three seasons. He retired following the 2003-04 season.

    Spoonhour, a Mulberry, Kansas native served three seasons as an assistant coach at Nebraska in the early 80’s under Moe Iba. 

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