Former Southern Miss men's basketball coach M.K. Turk died Friday morning, an athletic department spokesman confirmed.
Turk, who was the head coach at USM from 1976-96, was 71 years old. He finished is career at Southern Miss as the winningest coach in school history with a record of 300-267.
Turk led Southern Miss to the proudest moment in the program's history when it won the 1987 NIT championship by beating LaSalle, 84-80, at Madison Square Garden.
The Golden Eagles earned their first two NCAA Tournament bids under Turk's watch in 1990 and 1991.
The 1990-91 squad went 21-8 and won the Metro Conference regular season championship.
Turk coached some of the top players in USM history, including Clarence Weatherspoon, who was the three-time Metro Conference Player of the Year and a first-round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Turk served as head coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and as an assistant at Memphis before he arrived at USM.