Former Clemson coach Bill Foster has passed away at age 79, sources told CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander. Foster had been battling Parkinson’s disease for a number of years.
In a career that spanned over two decades, Foster’s career highlight was taking Clemson to the Elite Eight in 1980 NCAA Tournament. A No. 6 seed, the Tigers managed to defeat No. 11 Utah State, No. 3 BYU and No. 10 Lamar before falling to No. 8 UCLA. To date, it is the only time that the program has gotten that far in the big dance.
Foster also coached UNC-Charlotte, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Division II Shorter University. He led the Hokies to an NIT championship in 1995 and the second round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Upon his retirement, he had a career record of 533-324.
Campus Sports sends its deepest condolences to the Foster family.
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