College basketball coach Royce Waltman dead at 72

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Veteran college basketball coach and IU color analyst Royce Waltman has died.

According to the Indiana State men’s basketball official Twitter account, Waltman died Monday night after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Waltman spent nearly 40 years on the sidelines. He assisted Bob Knight at IU from 1982 through 1987, including helping lead the Hoosiers to the national championship in 1987.

He was also head coach at Depauw, UIndy and ISU. He also served as analyst for Indiana basketball for several seasons before taking a leave of absence in December of last year.

IU coach Tom Crean released this statement about Waltman’s passing:

“In just learning of the passing of Coach Waltman, we have profound sadness and feel for his wife, Carole and everyone in his family.  Royce was a very special person who gave so much to the game of basketball and without question impacted everyone he coached, worked with and supported…In getting to know Royce here, I was incredibly fortunate to have become his friend. The genuine respect he would impart on me and the program was heartfelt and will always be remembered.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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