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May 17, 2001 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralph Miller, whose Oregon State basketball teams were famed for their aggressive defense, died Tuesday at his home in Black Butte Ranch, Ore. Miller was 82. In recent years, he had suffered from a form of emphysema and had circulation problems that required the use of a wheelchair. He coached 19 seasons at Oregon State and won four Pacific 10 Conference championships. His 1981 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for nine weeks.
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May 18, 2001 | Earl Gustkey
Ralph Miller, the former Oregon State basketball coach who died this week at 82, was often called an "old school" coach by his players, assistants and fans. But really, what else would you expect from a guy who knew and learned from the man who invented the game, James Naismith? Miller was a University of Kansas gym rat in the late 1930s, when he played basketball for Phog Allen and was a quarterback on the football team.
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February 5, 1988
Oregon State Coach Ralph Miller, Wes Unseld and Clyde Lovellette were named to the Basketball Hall of Fame Thursday in Springfield, Mass. Also named was the late Bobby McDermott, who dropped out of high school and starred in the pros in the 1930s. Although Unseld made it in his first year of eligibility, the Honors Committee passed over his flashier former teammate, Earl Monroe, for the second consecutive year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2001 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ralph Miller, whose Oregon State basketball teams were famed for their aggressive defense, died Tuesday at his home in Black Butte Ranch, Ore. Miller was 82. In recent years, he had suffered from a form of emphysema and had circulation problems that required the use of a wheelchair. He coached 19 seasons at Oregon State and won four Pacific 10 Conference championships. His 1981 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for nine weeks.
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December 23, 1988 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Ralph Miller takes a seat at center court as his Oregon State basketball team starts practice. A manager has put out an ashtray and a cup of coffee for him. He lights a long brown cigarette and quietly watches as his assistant coaches put the players through drills. Miller looks bored. Then suddenly, his foghorn voice pierces the quiet as he shouts at a player, waving his cigarette to get his point across. "That cigarette is like his magic wand," said Eric Knox, a senior guard from Inglewood.
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November 27, 1988 | BOB BAUM, Associated Press
He calls himself "the last of those who came out of the golden era" of college basketball. And who's to challenge him. After 38 years of major-college coaching, Ralph Miller, a man who knew the inventor of the game and remains devoted to basketball's fundamentals, is calling it quits after this season. "I'm positive there will be some remorse or whatever about not coaching starting next year and maybe throughout the first year," he said.
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March 10, 1985 | RICK REILLY, Times Staff Writer
If USC had to get off the bus one stop short of Paradise, who better to ring their buzzer than Ralph Miller? Teams like USC may wax and wane, but Ralph, like AstroTurf, will never die. Oregon State's Miller turned 66 Saturday and chose to celebrate by pulling the ladder out from under USC on the doorstep to Emerald City and a Pac-10 title they could call their very own. It was the Beavers 60, Hope 58. So goodby, yellow brick road.
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November 16, 1986 | Associated Press
Long after his contemporaries have turned over their profession to younger men, Ralph Miller fields his 36th major-college basketball team this season. At age 67, Miller insists he doesn't know when he will retire as coach of the Oregon State Beavers. "I'm enjoying what I do," he said as he prepared his rebuilt Oregon State team for a game against the Norwegian national squad. "Certainly I'm positive that some day I'm going to wake up and say, 'Wait a minute now, this is enough,' " he said.
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April 28, 1988
Oregon State basketball Coach Ralph Miller, who had considered retiring, says he will return for one more season. Miller, 69, has a major-college record of 652-362.
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December 15, 1989 | GARR KLUENDER, GARR KLUENDER,
Ralph Miller, 70, former Oregon State basketball coach, doesn't have any second thoughts about retirement. Miller said: "I like the life style. There are a lot of things that I used to have to do that I don't have to. My time is my own and I do what I want to do. That appeals to me." Miller said he wants to play golf but hasn't had the time. But he should find some during the vacation trips given to him in final visits to opposing arenas last season. A Caribbean cruise comes first.
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March 18, 1989 | Associated Press
Evansville guard Reed Crafton ended Ralph Miller's long coaching career with a long shot Friday. Crafton made a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in overtime as Evansville beat Miller's Oregon State team, 94-90, in the first round of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. West Regional. Miller, who is retiring at age 70, ended his 38-year college coaching career with 674 victories and 370 losses. "I'm sorry it's over," he said.
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February 6, 1989 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
UCLA used the occasion of Ralph Miller's final visit to Pauley Pavilion Sunday to present the veteran Oregon State basketball coach with a crystal clock and a piece of vasa sculpture. The 69-year-old Miller, who will retire at the end of the season, undoubtedly would have preferred a more sentimental parting gift. A victory, for instance, would have been the 667th of his career, enabling Miller to join John Wooden in sixth place on the all-time list. Miller, though, took home only the hardware.
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January 5, 1989 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
After losing 3 of its last 4 games, USC's basketball team hopes to bounce back tonight against Oregon State. Although the Beavers, 7-3 overall and 0-2 in the Pacific 10, have been inconsistent, USC Coach George Raveling respects Coach Ralph Miller's team. "I learned a long time ago that you never count a Ralph Miller-coached team out of anything," Raveling said.
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December 23, 1988 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Ralph Miller takes a seat at center court as his Oregon State basketball team starts practice. A manager has put out an ashtray and a cup of coffee for him. He lights a long brown cigarette and quietly watches as his assistant coaches put the players through drills. Miller looks bored. Then suddenly, his foghorn voice pierces the quiet as he shouts at a player, waving his cigarette to get his point across. "That cigarette is like his magic wand," said Eric Knox, a senior guard from Inglewood.
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November 27, 1988 | BOB BAUM, Associated Press
He calls himself "the last of those who came out of the golden era" of college basketball. And who's to challenge him. After 38 years of major-college coaching, Ralph Miller, a man who knew the inventor of the game and remains devoted to basketball's fundamentals, is calling it quits after this season. "I'm positive there will be some remorse or whatever about not coaching starting next year and maybe throughout the first year," he said.
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January 5, 1989 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
After losing 3 of its last 4 games, USC's basketball team hopes to bounce back tonight against Oregon State. Although the Beavers, 7-3 overall and 0-2 in the Pacific 10, have been inconsistent, USC Coach George Raveling respects Coach Ralph Miller's team. "I learned a long time ago that you never count a Ralph Miller-coached team out of anything," Raveling said.
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March 15, 1986
Tracy Dodds' story on March 8 quoted Ralph Miller and Lute Olson criticizing Reggie Miller and the officials of games in which their respective teams played UCLA. We believe that Pac-10 coaches are not permitted to publicly criticize officials. Clearly, it is not Reggie who should be held accountable for playing his usual brilliant game (41 points against Coach Miller's Oregon State team), but rather Miller and Olson should apologize for their petty and vicious remarks. Their teams are incapable of stopping Reggie on the court, so they have taken their rivalries to a new forum: the press.
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April 28, 1988
Oregon State basketball Coach Ralph Miller, who had considered retiring, says he will return for one more season. Miller, 69, has a major-college record of 652-362.
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February 5, 1988 | ROY GAULT, Special to The Times
Nights like this were supposed to be behind George Raveling. His Trojans had won two Pacific 10 Conference basketball games in a row, had found their shooting eye, and had the USC coach talking of a sweep in Oregon. But Thursday night belonged to Oregon State Coach Ralph Miller. Miller had been selected, earlier in the day, to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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