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The Trib On Vic Bubas

It’s not the hometown paper but it’s pretty close.

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DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 18: The Cameron Crazies taunt the North Carolina Tar Heels as they warm up before a game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 18, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Former Duke coach Vic Bubas, who died Monday, came to North Carolina a couple of years after high school and made himself a legend at Duke so sometimes people forget that he had a history before he got here.

He came from Indiana of course and was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School.

Somehow though, despite his immense accomplishments, Bubas was never inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame until 2002 following a media campaign.

Here’s an article from the Chicago Tribune about Bubas with comments from his nephew and the reporter who organized the campaign to get him into the Hall of Fame.

Bubas was a Hoosier of course but not by much - Gary is just about a half-hour from Chicago which means that Duke’s two greatest coaches, Bubas and Mike Krzyzewski, grew up probably within an hour of each other.

Sadly, Lew Wallace High School, which produced some interesting people including former NFL coach Hank Stram, was closed in 2014 in a state of dilapidation.

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