“Coach John Wooden won with every different size, shape or (team) construction. He won with short pressing teams and with tall teams that couldn’t press and everywhere in between because he was such a great teacher of the game.

“He was very exacting about the fundamentals and details. There was a right way and a wrong way and no way in between. If he said, ‘Goodness, gracious, sakes alive,’ he was cussing at you, and that was the worst you ever heard.”

Denny Crum

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “John Wooden’s Ship Has Sailed”
  1. He was truly a wonderful teacher/coach and will be missed. I’ll bet Nell was so glad to see him when he got to Heaven though….RIP Coach Wooden

  2. Most coaches recruit players to a system. Wooden just recruited players. While others tried to fit their players to their system he fit his system to his players. The best ever. In any sport.

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