Former Oral Roberts University coach Ken Trickey, one of the most influential and colorful characters in this state’s basketball history, died Tuesday morning. He was 79.
Trickey served two tours of duty at ORU, including a five-year stint in the 1970s in which his run-and-shoot teams went 118-23 and scored 100 or more points 55 times. The glory years period was climaxed by a 1973-74 season in which ORU finished one win away from a Final Four. The Titans (that was ORU’s nickname in a pre-Golden Eagles era) lost in overtime to Kansas in an NCAA regional championship game at the Mabee Center.
During a 2008 interview, Trickey said he had the time of his life at ORU.