Friday, June 4, 2010

Wooden Passes Away...Long Live the Wizard


John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood and perhaps the greatest College Basketball coach in history passed away this evening at the age of 99.

Wooden coached UCLA through the 60's and 70's when they were considered the pre-eminent team in College Basketball. The list of great College and NBA players who had the fortune to play for him is way longer than we could talk about here.

The Associated Press had reported earlier this afternoon that former UCLA legend Jamaal Wilkes visited with his former coach and that Wooden was coherent enough to carry on a decent conversation though according to the report he looked and seemed "Very Frail".

Obviously, this is a big story in the world of sports and details are still coming out. We will try our best to update this story throughout the weekend.

In the meantime, enjoy this nicely done video tribute on You Tube:

Here's CBS2/KCAL9's Jim Hill with the last interview he did with Wooden back in July of 2009... quality stuff...

Pat Forde's column on is required reading...

Here are some of his "Woodenisms..." sayings that are too true- even today...

And here's a story Rick Reilly, yes... that Rick Reilly, did on Coach Wooden and his love for his wife, Nellie...
((HT: ESPN/OmniChristianVids2))

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