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A beautifully written column about the great basketball coach John Wooden. It talks about his devotion to his late wife and his commitment to excellence in both athletics and in life.
This article is real. It was written by sports writer Rick Reilly for Sports Illustrated and published on March 14, 2000.
Coach John Wooden is best known for his 27 years as the now legendary basketball coach at UCLA. As the article mentions, his records are numerous and astonishing. His lifetime as a high school and college coach saw him win 81.5 of his games. His records as a college coach include the most consecutive victories (88), 10 NCAA championships, 7 of which were consecutive, 38 consecutive NCAA tournament victories, 8 undefeated PAC-8 championships, and 4 full undefeated seasons. He is also known for his discipline, his integrity, and his commitment to his Christian faith.
Last updated 3/30/06
It’s that time of year and worth the read.
Written by a sportswriter …
On the 21st of the month, the best man I know will do what he always does on the 21st of the month. He’ll sit down and pen a love letter to his best girl. He’ll say how much he misses her and loves her and can’t wait to see her again.
Then he’ll fold it once, slide it in a little envelope and walk into
In her memory, he sleeps only on his half of the bed, only on his pillow, only on top of the sheets, never between; with just the old bedspread they shared to keep him warm.
There’s never been a finer man in American sports than John Wooden, or a finer coach. He won 10 NCAA basketball championships at UCLA, the last in 1975. Nobody has ever come within six of him.
He won 88 straight games between January 30, 1971, and January 17, 1974. Nobody has come within 42 since.
So, sometimes, when the Basketball Madness gets to be too much – too many players trying to make Sports Center, too few players trying to make assists, too few coaches willing to be mentors, too many freshmen with out-of-wedlock kids, too few freshmen who will stay in school long enough to become men — I like to go see Coach Wooden.
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