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Ex-FSU, Furman, JU hoops coach dies at 88

Before coaching Seminoles, Joe Williams led Dolphins to NCAA title game
FILE - UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden, left, is congratulated by Jacksonville coach Joe Williams...
FILE - UCLA Bruins coach John Wooden, left, is congratulated by Jacksonville coach Joe Williams after UCLA beat the Dolphins, 80-69, in the national championship game of the NCAA college basketball tournament on March 21, 1970, in College Park, Md. Williams, who coached Artis Gilmore and tiny Jacksonville University to the 1970 NCAA Tournament championship game against mighty UCLA, died Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Enterprise, Miss., while in hospice care after a lengthy battle with cancer, his son Joe Williams said. He was 88. (AP Photo/File)(AP)
Published: Mar. 26, 2022 at 7:11 PM EDT
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Joe Williams, who coached Artis Gilmore and tiny Jacksonville University to the 1970 NCAA tournament championship game against mighty UCLA, died Saturday. He was 88.

Williams also coached at Furman and Florida State.

He died in Enterprise, Mississippi, while in hospice care after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The Dolphins were one of the true Cinderella teams in NCAA tournament history. They scored more than 100 points 18 times that season and three times in the NCAA tournament before losing to UCLA in the title game.

Williams had a career record of 336-231 over 22 seasons.

Associated Press 2022