Thursday, September 9, 2010
Purdue to rename street after John Wooden
By Diamond Leung
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.