April 2, 2013 |
I saw the guy working on TV, his team surprising folks in the NCAA tournament, but honestly I don't even know his first name now that he has become USC's basketball coach. But he has to be more interesting and exciting than the dolt introduced as UCLA basketball coach Tuesday. It's pretty well understood that whoever coaches UCLA basketball is a dead man walking, it being only a matter of time before the alumni agree he'll never be another John Wooden. But this might be the first time UCLA actually hired a dead man. Yeesh, the John Wooden statue outside of Pauley had more life to it than Steve Alford, the robot who sputtered nonstop platitudes while never once answering a question directly.
January 21, 2000
Records of eight coaches in their first seasons at these schools: John Thompson, Georgetown: Finished 12-14 Nolan Richardson, Arkansas: 12-16 John Wooden, UCLA: 22-7 Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: 17-13 Rick Pitino, Kentucky: 14-14 Jim Boeheim, Syracuse: 26-4 Adolph Rupp, Kentucky: 15-3 Norm Stewart, Missouri: 10-16 Source: World Features Syndicate
February 20, 1987
Services for John Moore, the first UCLA basketball player to score more than 1,000 points--he had 1,202 in his career--and an All-American under Coach John Wooden in 1955, were held Wednesday. Moore, 53, died Feb. 11 after a long illness. Wooden spoke at Moore's funeral, and Willie Naulls was a pallbearer.
March 21, 1985
Nellie Wooden, the wife of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, died today at St. Vincents Medical Center after a long illness. She was 73. Wooden, 74, was at his wife's bedside when she died, said UCLA Sports Department spokesman Rich Bertolucci. The Woodens were married in 1932 after meeting at a carnival in Martinsville, Ind., when he was a high school freshman. Bertolucci said funeral services will be private and for family members only.
October 14, 2004 |
Inside a Torrance collection agency, workers sit at cubicles and call people who are behind on their debts. On the wall is a 10-foot diagram of former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. At McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Wash., 25 men and women in uniform spend three days in a seminar called the John R. Wooden Course, discussing how his wisdom could help in their work protecting the air security of the Western United States.
March 13, 2006 |
Gail Goodrich, who 40 years ago was the leading scorer on UCLA's first two national championship teams, was never going to play college basketball anywhere other than in Los Angeles. The City Section player of the year after leading Sun Valley Polytechnic High to its first and only section championship in 1961, the scrawny left-hander was recruited by UCLA and -- belatedly and only halfheartedly, he said -- by USC. His father, Gail Sr.
November 26, 2005 |
We begin the college basketball season with a new competition. Not nice, just new. Call it the Hatfields and McCoys. Teams will play, players will excel and two of the best, one man and one woman, will be honored at season's end. They will come to Los Angeles the night of April 8 to receive trophies symbolizing their achievements. Factually presented, they should read: The John R. Wooden Award, minus John R. Wooden. The story has been out there for several months.