March 3, 1985
Oklahoma City basketball Coach Abe Lemons said he's tired of hearing people criticize players for dropping out of school to pursue a career in the NBA. "What's an education?" Lemons said. "It's good for the average guy, but if somebody hands a poor kid $2 million to go around half-naked, bouncing a ball, then he'd better take it. "Then, if he wants a diploma, he can always buy a college and put his name on it. Like Oral Roberts did."
March 5, 1988
When Abe Lemons was fired as University of Texas basketball coach in 1982 by Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds, he claimed that he wasn't bitter, but he said, "The next car I get is going to have a window in the bottom." Asked why, he said, "So I can see the expression on DeLoss Dodds' face when I run him over." Was he kidding? Maybe not.
January 26, 1990 |
When Texas A & M fired Shelby Metcalf this week, it signaled the end of the reign of one of the most enduring coaching figures in college basketball. Metcalf was in his 27th year at A & M, which has fallen upon hard times recently. But indications are that isn't the only reason Metcalf lost his job. Metcalf, 59, had been at odds with Athletic Director John David Crow since Crow replaced Jackie Sherrill in December, 1988.
January 27, 2001 |
Al McGuire couldn't believe the score when it was flashed: Cal State Fullerton 90, New Mexico 85. The Titans' first-round upset of the fourth-ranked Lobos in the 1978 NCAA basketball tournament was shocking, so much so that McGuire, then a color commentator for NBC, blurted out, "Cal State Who?" It became a rallying cry for Fullerton's team and its followers. Titan fans jeered McGuire before Fullerton's next game against 11th-ranked San Francisco.