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The HBCU community has lost another coaching legend with the passing of Cal Irving.

After fighting a long battle with Alzheimer's, Irving died Saturday (Nov. 25).cal irvingIrving
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He coached at North Carolina A&T for 18 years and led the Aggies to CIAA titles in 1959, 1962, 1964 and 1967. His 1959 team advanced to the NCAA College Division Final Four after becoming the first HBCU to earn a bid to the tourney.

A member of the CIAA Hall of Fame and North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Irving's teams won 308 games during his tenure in Greensboro.

He is credited with leading A&T, whose basketball court now bears his name, into the modern era, winning titles and spanning the school's move from the CIAA to the MEAC.

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