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March 19, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 40 years have passed since Jerry Norman walked away from the greatest dynasty to rule college basketball.
June 2, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
John Wooden is generally regarded as the nation's greatest basketball coach. His UCLA teams during the 1960s and 1970s won 10 NCAA men's basketball national championships and set records for consecutive victories. But since retiring in 1975, the 97-year-old coach has gained fame as a philosopher and motivator. His "Pyramid of Success" guide to life is revered by former players and business leaders for its insight on how to help individuals to grow and how to manage organizations.
There are crises now, and there were crises 30 years ago--even at the height of the John Wooden run, even during the dynasty's finest hours. Wooden, though voicing empathy for Coach Steve Lavin's predicament, did not want to comment specifically on UCLA's indefinite suspension of starters Kris Johnson and Jelani McCoy for unspecified violations of athletic department policies and team rules.
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 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
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.
November 26, 2005 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
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.
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