Gibson, former Red Raiders coach and player, dies

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Former Texas Tech basketball coach Gene
Gibson, who led the Red Raiders to the NCAA tournament in his first
year, has died. He was 82.

Gibson, of Dallas, died Saturday at Presbyterian Hospital in
Plano from complications of five surgeries over the past few
months, his daughter, Lisa Gibson, said Thursday.

"He just wasn't able to bounce back," she said.

Gibson played for the Red Raiders from 1947-50 and was
All-Border Conference center in his last season.

In 1962, his first year as head coach, he led Tech to the second
round of the NCAA tournament. The Red Raiders lost to Colorado. He
compiled a 101-91 record from 1961-69.

In 1965, Gibson's Red Raiders team won the Southwest Conference
title but had to forfeit because of an ineligible player.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II, Lisa
Gibson said.

Services were scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Episcopal
Church of the Good Shepherd in Dallas.