Purdue to rename street after John Wooden

September, 9, 2010
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Purdue, the place where John Wooden played his college ball and helped win the program's lone national championship, will rename a street after the late Hall of Fame coach on Saturday.

A portion of John R. Wooden Drive in West Lafayette, Ind., will pass through places that would have been of meaning to Wooden, who passed away in June.

"While I know he was a Bruin, Coach Wooden never shed his Purdue ties," Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "It is appropriate that North University Drive passes Lambert Fieldhouse, named after Coach Wooden's coach at Purdue, 'Piggy' Lambert; Mackey Arena, which was dedicated against Coach Wooden's UCLA team in 1967; and the Brees Center, which symbolizes teaching and learning and were keys to Coach Wooden's life."

At a time when the Boilermakers will enter the season ranked among the nation's best teams, it's a nice reminder of what a true champion can accomplish.

In his final game as a player, Wooden scored 21 points in a 53-18 win over Chicago that sealed the 1932 national title.

The national player of the year and a three-time All-American, Wooden of course went on to do even greater things as a coach and will be remembered for so much more than what he did on the court.

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