Former Purdue, Charlotte, USF Coach Lee Rose Dies At 85

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lee Rose, who led Purdue and Charlotte to the men’s Final Four, has died. He was 85.

UNC Charlotte said he died Tuesday in Charlotte.

The school did not provide a cause of death.

Rose led the 49ers to 1976 NIT championship game and to the school’s only Final Four in 1977.

Rose was 72-18 in three years with Charlotte before leaving to take over at Purdue.

He spent just two seasons with the Boilermakers and had a 50-18 record.

He took Purdue to the Final Four in 1979.

He spent the next six years at South Florida amassing a 106-69 record before becoming an assistant coach in the NBA.