CORRECTS MCCLAIN'S AGE TO 60 - A  July 19, 2013, photo shows former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain at his home in Champaign, Ill. McClain, who was an assistant coach at Illinois from 2002 through 2012 and current Champaign Central High School head basketball coach, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at a local hospital after an unspecified illness. He was 60. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Friends and colleagues described former Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain as a friend and father figure as he was mourned this past week. A former boss revealed McClain was the glue who held the Illini program together when coach Bill Self left for Kansas in 2003.

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