Today we say "Farewell and Godspeed" to coach John Wooden, who passed away last night in Los Angeles. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family, his friends, and his extended family of UCLA Bruin players and fans.
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Great quotes from John Wooden. My favorite:
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
All of them are excellent.
John Wooden quotes: Some of Coach John Wooden's favorite maxims ('Woodenisms') | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times
Some more Woodenisms. My favorite from this bunch:
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
More after the jump.
John Calipari of University of Kentucky says no investigation, no LeBron James deal - ESPN
This is a great interview which you should read, if you haven't. I think Coach Cal has exactly the right attitude with all this, which may be condensed down to its essence:
"Coaching at Kentucky is not for the inexperienced, nor for the faint of heart. If you want to coach here, be prepared to be loved, hated, wooed, and fired."
I think that's exactly right.
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Kentucky basketball isn't being investigated, John Calipari says | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
This is just further exposition on the Katz interview. We all knew that UK is not being investigated, but this is just further confirmation of it from the coach himself.
That doesn't mean that the NCAA isn't asking questions -- they may be, and they often are, it is their job, after all.
Tar Heels recruit faces 'stay-or-go' decision - CharlotteObserver.com
Interesting. This kid looks like a winner for the Tar Heels, no matter what he does.
Barnhart says UK's lofty status brings scrutiny | KentuckySports.com
"Our program will be under scrutiny anyway because we're Kentucky, and then you throw (Calipari) in the mix and it's going to be under greater scrutiny," he said. "So you're mandated to be absolutely on it every day. ... Two years ago people were not paying a whole lot of attention to Kentucky, and all of a sudden we're relevant again."
"Embrace the hate" in a nutshell.
Calipari looked to Wooden for guidance - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
When Kentucky coach John Calipari was looking for guidance on how to coach his team, especially help with managing the minutes of such a talented lot, he called John Wooden.
Read on to find out what that advice was. As you might expect, it was pretty good.
Bledsoe's high school coach expects vindication amid controversy - McClatchy Network - Kentucky.com
The lawyer representing Eric Bledsoe's high school coach said Friday that he expects vindication of his client and the former Kentucky player by early next week.
"I think it's going to come to an end pretty soon," said Reginald McDaniel, a lawyer representing Maurice Ford, the former basketball coach at Parker High School in Birmingham, Ala.
"Vindication?" And on a timetable?
I'll believe it when I see it, but expect a ton of schadenfreude around here if it does happen. I want to help those Cardinal fans as their heads explode.
Geoff Calkins: There's no rush to sign ex-Gopher " The Commercial Appeal
Calipari may have done a lot of questionable things at Memphis, but he never played a young man who was charged with sending a woman into surgery.
Coming from Geoff Calkins, this is borderline effusive praise.
Today's coaches should emulate John Wooden - Page 2 - ESPN
Admire Coach Wooden. But don't compare eras. The explosion of coaching salaries is not the fault of Calipari, or Calhoun, or Krzyzewski. Do not claim that modest income was a Wooden legacy -- it was not.
How much money would Jack Nicklaus have made today if his career had begun at the same time as Tiger's? Coaches like Wooden, Rupp, and Dean Smith laid the foundation for the huge coaching salaries of today, not by the money they made, but by the success of their programs.
Let's remember Wooden for the right reasons, not fake ones.
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John Clay's Big Blue Links. Paris will be proud.
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