Sad day for college basketball.
Sad day for college basketball.
Sad day for all of sports.
RIP, coach. Be quick, but don't hurry.
Wooden dies the same day as the guy who started the Wooden award?
WTF? This is weird. Also, I can't find any connection between Duke Llewellyn and Tristan Llewellyn.
Well, that's sad. If anyone needed a model of how to coach and how to be a good human being, that man was it. He's probably the most beloved coach in sport history.
Agreed. Wooden was the man.
The way he carried himself especially with his wife is something to be applauded. Reminds me a lot of Ernie Harwell. Great man.
Anyone who writes his deceased wife a love letter per month after her death until his death (35 years between the two), has four undefeated seasons (most all-time among collegiate level+ level basketball, next-most is 1), 10 championships (next most is 4 by Coach K), never an undefeated season in 29 years, is the only man to be in the HoF as a player and as a coach, is more dedicated to his faith than anything and as a result is an amazing father figure for his players, and creates the pyramid of success...has and should have everyone's respect for, well, ever, as far as sports are concerned.
Wooden was the ultimate example of earning your way from nothing to the top, and he did it all the right way.
Virtually every player who played at UCLA under Wooden from the mid-sixties forward was on the take from Sam Gilbert, a former UCLA student (his wife graduated but he didn't) who would later be indicted for laundering marijuana smuggling profits to finance the building of a casino in LA (he died before having to face the charges in court). Former players have regularly admitted this relationship and even laughed about it in televised interviews. I don't understand how using ineligible players who are being paid off by a UCLA booster for over a decade counts as doing anything the right way.
And for those that buy the BS "he didn't know anything about it" claims, just read this article that came out while Wooden was still coaching at UCLA and tell me he didn't/shouldn't have known what was going on. People here regularly tear apart coaches like Calipari, Carroll, and Saban who are guilty of far lesser transgressions. Are people unfamiliar with Gilbert's role in the UCLA dynasty? Does Wooden just get a pass because he seems like a nice, grandfatherly figure? Bobby Knight may be an asshole, but I am pretty damn sure he never sponsored or condoned the rampant cheating that went on under Wooden.
Great man and true legend.
Favorite qoute of his - "Make each your masterpiece"
Undeniable legend in all the coaching pantheons, not just college basketball. I can only imagine UCLA feels what we felt a few years back when Bo passed away. I think what I'll remember most about him is that his lessons on the court always found a way off the court.
RIP Coach Wooden
It's tough to find a man as important to the sport of basketball as John Wooden. He was one hell of a guy and a real class act. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. A true legend has been lost.
I remember hearing about wooden's first lesson for each year of practice: taking time to re-teach his players how to properly put on and tie their shoes. The lesson is twofold: no detail is too small to not deserve attention, and the best teams are based on a solid foundation of fundamentals.
RIP John Wooden, a great teacher and basketball legend.
"Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do."
An Amazing man. Godspeed, Coach Wooden. I'm glad you are with Nel tonight.
This is a man who's legend will never pass on. The mark he left on college basketball may never be replicated by anyone. Today alittle bit of college basketball passes on...
One of the great coaches all time.
He was resting comfortably a few minutes ago! Apparently not all the good die young...perhaps young at heart.
Best men's basketball coach ever. A great person as well, if only more coaches these days took after his lead.
in the entire history of all collegiate sports? Who can touch that record of NCAA championships?
I'm trying to figure out if there were a better coach in the history of all American sport... Who could it be?
I don't know but I was not prepared to make that kind of all encompassing statement.
John Wooden shall R.I.P. as The Legend.
My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the entire family
With everything going on with USC and Callipari, and now Wooden dying, I couldn't help but think about this: http://www.cbssports.com/columns/story/11757857
Everyone always loved him, and he was remarkable man. I just wonder how anxious USC fans are feeling tonight. Doyel's sentiment is a universal truth to Trojan fans.
I guess it is just one of those coincidences, like Bo passing right before the OSU game that shapes how you look at an event.
you're right, you are going to be negged for that. That's an idiotic article and this is not the time to compare the greatest college basketball coach ever to Pete freaking Carroll.
Every great player (and quite possibly every player on those teams) under Wooden from the mid-1960's onward (Walton, Alcindor, Allen, etc.) was on the take via Sam Gilbert, a UCLA booster who would go on to represent many of those same players as an agent when they joined the NBA. This is well documented and many players have since admitted it publicly. The close relationship between Gilbert and the UCLA program (the team referred to him as Papa Sam) was even publicized at the time Wooden was still coaching and that relationship endured even after Wooden retired.
Pete Carroll had one player who received substantial cash/gifts (and though it appears it almost certainly happened, the player has yet to admit it and no outside body has proven it so) from two criminals with no connection to the university whatsoever who wanted to be the player's agent when he left school. No evidence has yet come to light that Carroll knew or could've/should've known about this arrangement (hence the long wait for the NCAA announcement). He also had a player who drove his girlfriend's car, but it turned out his girlfriend's boss had helped her get the initial financing for the car and that said boss may have wanted to become said player's agent, though said boss had attended a rival school and had zero connection to USC (a situation nowhere near as bad as the Clarett loaner car situation that resulted in zero NCAA action).
One coach oversaw over a decade of rampant and blatant disregard for NCAA rules. One coach oversaw a player who took money from an agent behind his back and some other non-trivial shenanigans (much like at Michigan under Lloyd Carr where Charles Woodson received money from a wannabe agent with no connection to the school).
So you're right, it probably isn't right to compare the two situations/coaches.
Wooden was a great man and a great coach, but the Sam Gilbert stories make Ed Martin look like a saint.
The world has lost 3 great men in recent months, my dad, Ernie, and Coach Wooden. God bless these good and honest men. I'm getting old. My heroes are dying.
No reason to be sad. He lived a long, healthy, wealthy life. Had a family, did this, did that.
The guy had one hell of a ride. RIP Coach.
No reason to be sad indeed.
At 99 there is a good chance you have buried not only your wife, perhaps a child or two (NOTHING more miserable I imagine) and probably all of your friends.
Unless you are claiming other people's life force and "There Can Be Only One" 99 is plenty long a life.
Adored, Respected, Appreciated and Missed. Hardly a sad day.
to a legend.
In my opinion the best college basketball coach ever, R.I.P. coach Wooden.
Mgovictors' opinion is the opinion of the overwhelming majority. Who would have guessed?
"In my opinion the best college basketball coach ever, R.I.P. coach Wooden."
Funny, I don't see Rodriguez misspelled here.
I think mgovictors23 has reached neg-on-sight status because his posts are mundane, repetitive, and useless.
He upvotes his own posts. I don't know for sure, but I've spoken to 10 current and former MGoBloggers who backed up that statement. They choose to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from mgv23.
I know the rule about points, but I can't help looking. I don't stare at them too long, for fear of getting caught. But sometimes it's just worth the risk, amirite?
Usually when I see one of his posts I think to myself, "This is probably a trollish em0-type situation where this guy is just trying to garner enough points to start a meltdown thread" but then I look at his point total and see that it's him and just think "What?"
I think to myself, "Is this guy for real?"
He replies to numerous posts in a matter of minutes. His comments are brief and lack original thought. He never replies to any discussion in regards to his posts. In fact, I don't think he even returns to view the replies since he continously spells RR's last name with a Q instead of a G despite numerous people correcting him.
If I didn't know better, I'd think that he was part of some sort of psychological experiment to see how many points the mindless mob would give someone if they just wrote the popular board opinion on every post.
I'm not going to comment on the Sam Gilbert issues at this time, especially since UCLA just lost their Bo.
"Goodness gracious sakes alive" was the nastiest thing the man ever said. All that success, yet all that humility and integrity. Amazing.