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FILE - This June 14, 2011, file photo shows former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, right, as his agent Drew Rosenhaus, look on, during a news conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Pryor has been declared eligible for Monday's NFL supplemental draft but must sit out the first five games after he signs a contract. The NFL announced Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 he was eligible along with five other players. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, FIle)

RUSTON, La. — Scotty Robertson, a former Louisiana Tech coach and the first coach of the NBA's New Orleans Jazz, has died.

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Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde, who confirmed Robertson's death on Thursday, says the longtime college and pro coach will be remembered as "one of the all-time greats at Louisiana Tech."

Robertson, who had battled cancer in addition to a stroke last year, was 81.

During his years in the NBA, Robertson also served as head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons.

He coached 10 seasons at Louisiana Tech, compiling a mark of 165-86, and was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Later in his career, he was an assistant with Phoenix and a scout with Miami.