Wizard Going to Heaven to Coach


#1

Just want to send my thoughts and pray to Coach Wooden’s Family and UCLA family. Wooden is one of those once an a lifetime type of figures and a legend unlike any other.


#2

Thank goodness for a snowstorm, or Minnesota would have this legacy. Fate.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ys-woodenobit060410

Two successful seasons at Indiana State caught the eye of more prominent programs, but Wooden and his wife desired to stay in the Midwest. His intention was to accept the coaching job at the University of Minnesota in 1948, but when a snowstorm prevented Minnesota’s athletic director from getting to the phone to offer him the position by a stipulated deadline, Wooden snapped up UCLA’s offer instead.


#3

Great article, Kid. Thanks. Seems funny now in the “high tech” age that some one could NOT get to a phone. It , also, was much different being a basketball fan in the 60’s. There was NO ESPN. Little basketball on TV. The news came from newspaper articles.
I am happy to have seen UCLA live once in their Championship era. It was in the Pgh “Steel Bowl” which was a holiday 4 team event run by Duquesne. The Bruins had, Wicks, Rowe and Patterson. I remember them running a classic fast break.


#4

[quote=“tundra, post:3, topic:1209”]Great article, Kid. Thanks. Seems funny now in the “high tech” age that some one could NOT get to a phone. It , also, was much different being a basketball fan in the 60’s. There was NO ESPN. Little basketball on TV. The news came from newspaper articles.
I am happy to have seen UCLA live once in their Championship era. It was in the Pgh “Steel Bowl” which was a holiday 4 team event run by Duquesne. The Bruins had, Wicks, Rowe and Patterson. I remember them running a classic fast break. [/quote]

Not only was 1948 not “high tech”, it was kind of “no-tech”. The transistor, considered to be the pre-cursor of the semiconductor, was discovered by 3 scientists at Bell Labs in NJ in 1949, for which the 3 won the Nobel Prize (interesting book on it, “Crystal Fire”). I remember listening to World Series games on the transistor radios in the 60’s. My older brother used an earpiece, and listened to games during classes, as WS games were played in the daytime back then. Wooden was also known as, “The Indiana Rubber Man”, as a player, as he would fall to the floor and bounce back up in his dribbling.

Pretty neat video.

http://online.wsj.com/video/john-wooden-the-wizard-of-westwood-dies/257B24DB-F2E2-43E5-8BF4-D17291E48992.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_videocarousel_1

The NY Times does a nice job. Can’t link the journal obit, in form it can be opened.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/05/sports/ncaabasketball/05wooden.html?pagewanted=1


#5

The “transistor” was a large part of every young sports fan’s life in the 60’s and beyond. I still use one to this day. The odd part is that “transistors” are pretty hard to purchase in present day. Lucky my late Father had several/many squirreled away at my parents house. Go to Best Buy and ask for one…The sales people treat you as "crazy."
Note: It was a Pittsburgh kid (Dwight Clay) playing for Notre Dame who, with a last second jump shot, broke UCLA’s 88 game winning streak in 1975. I had played against Clay in HS summer leagues.


#6

Beware…Not pro Wooden

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/columnists/starkey/s_685788.html


#7

[quote=“tundra, post:6, topic:1209”]Beware…Not pro Wooden

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/columnists/starkey/s_685788.html[/quote]

Nothing really new there. Those allegations have been around for a long time. Wooden always pretended like who barely even knew of the existence of Gilbert.


#8
[quote="tundra, post:6, topic:1209"]Beware..................Not pro Wooden

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/columnists/starkey/s_685788.html[/quote]

Nothing really new there. Those allegations have been around for a long time. Wooden always pretended like who barely even knew of the existence of Gilbert.


Yeah, I know. But, it just kind of exemplifies college athletics at some schools. Wooden as a young coach walked into a situation where a very powerful and prominent booster was paying the players. I bet “everybody knew.” BUT what do you do. Blow the whistle on your paycheck.
You wanna bet everybody in the SCum athletic department didn’t “know” the Fab 5 was on the take. Blow the whistle and you are fired!!