Tony Barone

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Tony Barone directs his team in the third quarter of the Denver Nuggets' 115-98 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former Texas A&M men’s basketball coach Tony Barone died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, according to a report by the Daily Memphian. He was 72.

Barone helmed the Aggie program from 1991 to 1998, collecting a record of 76-120. The pinnacle of his tenure was a 19-11 campaign during the 1993-94 season that led to a berth in the 1994 National Invitation Tournament.

He inherited a team that was under NCAA sanctions from previous coach Kermit Davis Jr., which included two years probation and a one-year postseason ban.

He was fired in the spring of 1998, just months before the opening of Reed Arena. Barone moved on to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he would serve as an assistant, interim head coach and the director of player personnel.

The former Duke guard began his head coaching career at Creighton, where he posted a 102-82 record, including two NCAA tournament appearances.

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