John Wooden At River’s Edge

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Apparently it’s just a matter of time.

John Wooden, the most successful coach in the history of college basketball, is gravely ill in Los Angeles. The 99-year-old legend is at Ronald Reagan Medical Center and has not eaten in the last couple of days.

Wooden’s UCLA teams inspired fear in opposing teams and fans during the Sixties and mid-Seventies. Under his watch, the UCLA won 10 NCAA championships, dominating the college basketball scene in a way that may never be equaled. He won 620 games at the school from 1948 to 1975.

University of Louisville fans have always felt a special bond with Wooden, of course, for the contributions of his protege, Denny Crum.

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3 thoughts on “John Wooden At River’s Edge

  • June 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    His ship has sailed — Godspeed, Coach Wooden.

    • June 5, 2010 at 12:20 am

      There may never be another one like him. Thanks for the greatness, coach.

  • June 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Wooden had three basic rules…no profanity, no tardiness and no disrespect of your teammates. He will be missed.

    My favorite Woodenism:

    “Be quick, but don’t hurry”

    Rest ye well, Coach.

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