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The Last Dance

After Eleven Ivy League Titles and 29 Years, Princeton's Pete Carril Will Sit Down for Good


"When I told him, 'Maybe I should go to Princeton,' he said, 'I'll tell you one thing, if you go up there to play for that man and that program, you're going to learn how to play basketball.' "

Bill Walton's son, Nathan, has committed to play at Princeton next season, and Walton said Monday that he's sorry his son won't get a chance to play for Carril.

"It's sad that he's retiring, but he's given his life to Princeton and you can't ask for anything more than that," Walton said. "I had the great privilege of playing for a coach in his prime and the end of his career with Coach [John Wooden]. . . . I was hoping for that same player-coach relationship for Nathan.

"I think it's the job that Carril does as a basketball coach, as a leader, as a molder of young men."

What will Carril do next? He hinted that he could end up as an NBA assistant next season, and reports suggest he will join the Portland Trail Blazers and Geoff Petrie, a former Tiger player who is a team executive.

Whatever he chooses, he will be long remembered at Princeton.

"I'm going to remember the intensity," Johnson said. "When I was a freshman, I was just spooked the first week of practice. I'd never seen anything like it. Just yelling and screaming.

"And along with that is just the knowledge. Sometimes, he just simply out-coached people, and it's a good feeling to be a part of that."

Thompson, for his part, is sure that, as long as the echoes of Carril's practice-time tirades sound at Princeton, Carril will be an influence.

"I think of when I first left here and was not coaching," Thompson said. "You kind of expect him peeking over your shoulder out in the work force, so he will definitely always be around."


UCLA vs. Princeton

What: Southeast Regional, first round.

When: Thursday

Where: Indianapolis

Starting time: 7:10 p.m.*

TV: Channel 2

Radio: XTRA (690)

Complete NCAA times: C5

* Approximate starting time. Game officially begins 30 minutes after previous game ends.


The Long Run

Princeton's Pete Carril, who is retiring after the NCAA tournament, ranks 18th all-time among major-college coaches in number of seasons at one school (minimum of 10 seasons at Division I level). Carril, in his 29th season at Princeton, also coached one year at Lehigh (1967). *--*

No. Coach School W-L 42 Ed Diddle Western Kentucky 759-302 42 Ray Meyer DePaul 724-354 41 Tony Hinkle Butler 557-393 41 Adolph Rupp Kentucky 876-190 39 Phog Allen Kansas 590-219* 37 Nat Holman CCNY 423-190 36 Fred Enke Arizona 402-300* 36 Slats Gill Oregon State 599-392 36 Henry Iba Oklahoma State 664-334* 36 Glenn Wilkes Stetson 551-436 35 Don Haskins Texas El Paso 677-314 35 Dean Smith North Carolina 852-246 31 Taps Gallagher Niagara 465-NA 31 Cy McClairen Bethune Cookman NA 30 Jack Friel Washington State 495-377 30 Guy Lewis Houston 592-279 30 Nibs Price California 449-294 29 Pete Carril Princeton 513-260* 29 Piggy Lambert Purdue 371-152 29 Harry Rabenhorst Louisiana State 340-264 29 Norm Stewart Missouri 580-291*


* Record at school only. Carril's overall record is 524-272. Other coaches compiled their records at one school.

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