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Redsox9  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 1266)
Thu, 3rd Jun '10 11:09 PM


Our generation's greatest college coach is in serious trouble. John Wooden, "The Wizard of Westwood" is in the hosptial and it doesn't look good. He is more than a legendary coach, he is a man among man and his words and wisdom has affected the lives of countless individuals. Hang in there Coach. Let's hope he makes it to his 100th birthday in October. I once met him some 40 years ago after a game and gor his autograph. Our thoughts and prayersa are with you.

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 4th Jun '10 8:22 AM

Wooden==coach. Our thoughts are with the family of this man who gave us so much.

Mudcat  (Level: 4.2 - Posts: 13)
Fri, 4th Jun '10 10:45 PM

Just got word that he has passed. Great man, great coach.

Lynnm  (Level: 223.2 - Posts: 1924)
Fri, 4th Jun '10 11:49 PM

The end of an era, in more ways than one. When Wooden coached at Indiana State his team was invited to a post season tourney - if they agreed to leave any black players at home. Coach Wooden refused that invitation. That's integrity, and courage.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.1 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 5th Jun '10 1:29 AM

As a Southern California kid, one of the great joys of my childhood was watching UCLA basketball during the Coach Wooden era. A young Dick Enberg was the announcer, and those teams were incredible. Often the games were tape delayed to 11:00 or 11:30, but I'd still stay up and watch--even if I knew the outcome. (Well, most of the time I knew the "outcome" before the game started!) And part of that great thrill was enjoying Enberg interview the ever enlightening and always gracious Coach Wooden.

If you're familiar with Coach Wooden's incredible love for his wife Nell, and his deep spiritual belief in an afterlife, you know that there's no feeling sorry for Coach now.

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