College Basketball Nation: John Wooden

On Jan. 21, 2004, Notre Dame celebrated the 30th anniversary of its 1974 upset against UCLA with a halftime celebration. I know because I was there. Or was I?

Here’s the story I remember: My high school friend John, a Notre Dame freshman, had extra tickets for that game versus Kentucky, so my roommate Jason and I made the trek to South Bend, Ind., to watch the Irish take on Gerald Fitch, Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike. I distinctly remember the halftime celebration, the dimming of the lights, the rapture in the audience as the final two minutes of that fabled upset played on the Joyce Center scoreboard, the thunderous applause for the players arranged side by side at midcourt. And I swear that a Wildcats fan near us made fun of all the hubbub -- something about the Irish getting more mileage out of one game than any program before or since. I remember laughing.

Here’s the problem: John doesn’t. Remember, that is. The best he could do to verify, he said in an email, was “50-50.” And Jason? Jason wasn’t even on the trip. That was a different trip, he explained. Facebook was no help either; I didn’t create my profile until the fall of 2004. This game I’m so sure I attended was one of the last moments of my life that wasn’t recorded for posterity on the Internet. But I remember it! It happened! Right?

That was just 10 years ago, three full decades after the legend of the Digger Phelps-engineered upset of No. 1 UCLA was born. Imagine what tricks memory can pull in 40 years, what details can be lost in translation, how much harder it gets with each passing annum to identify with the way things once were.

And yet “Notre Dame 71, UCLA 70” has stood firm against the sands of time. It is crystallized in the sport’s collective memory, and not just because one team scored 12 unanswered points in the final two minutes or because the Irish had eerily bookended the 88-game winning streak that preceded it. Notre Dame 71, UCLA 70 will live forever precisely because it, more than any other game, connects us to an era in college basketball so utterly alien from our own.

No fact demonstrates this better than one that is often lost in casual remembrances: Notre Dame was ranked No. 2 in the country. In the matter of a decade, the thought of a No. 2-ranked team beating No. 1 on its home floor would sound like nothing more than an exciting, high-quality game of hoops, a sportwide shift that more or less exists intact to this day. In 1974, against John Wooden’s UCLA, it was something like history.

[+] EnlargeBill Walton, John Schumate
Malcolm Emmons/USA TODAY SportsBill Walton and John Shumate staged an epic battle in the Irish's upset of the Bruins in January 1974.
Such was UCLA’s dominance. Between 1964 and 1975, the Bruins won 10 national championships. They won seven straight from 1967 to 1973; no other college coach in history has more than four. UCLA won 38 straight NCAA tournament games in that span, and Wooden posted four 30-0 seasons. Today, Bob Knight’s undefeated 1975-76 Indiana team is still the last to finish without a loss.

These facts are well-known and oft-repeated, but they never lose their power. And the 1974 Bruins were the most powerful of them all. From Jan. 23, 1971, when ND’s Austin Carr scored 46 points in an 89-81 win, until almost three years later to the day, UCLA won 88 straight college basketball contests. The Bruins' average margin was 23.5 points. Bill Walton, the indomitable force as those teams’ literal and figurative center, had not lost a game since his prep career at Helix High in San Diego. “By various accounts,” The New York Times recalled in 2010, “his personal winning streak had reached 139 or 143 games, the victories rolling up like miles on an odometer.” Wooden, with the help of local businessman and devoted booster "Papa" Sam Gilbert, concentrated more talent in Westwood than any program before or since. When Wooden combined that talent with the freedom and trust of his philosophy, an aura of enlightened invincibility was born.

Such was that aura that Notre Dame -- again, the No. 2 team in the country, playing on its own floor -- required intense psychological motivation to believe it could down the Bruins trailing by nine points with less than three minutes left. Before the game, Phelps forced his self-conscious kids to rehearse cutting down the nets. The final timeout speech Phelps delivered to his charges -- which the documentary “88 and 1” will detail Sunday night on ESPN2 -- practically force-fed the Irish’s belief.

Phelps also had two unlikely advantages.

Walton arrived in South Bend, Ind., injured. Twelve days earlier, the center broke two bones in his back when, as he later told the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was undercut on a rebound. He played brilliantly against Notre Dame, making 12 of his first 13 shots while wearing a restrictive back brace. But the film betrays Walton’s pain. When Irish center John Shumate stole UCLA’s high inbounds pass -- just seconds after scoring on Walton in the post -- Walton winced at the jump, hesitating for a brief second, glancing at the ground, while Shumate cut the lead to seven.

The other advantage? Wooden’s philosophy was so celebrated that it was already widely available in book form, where Phelps read that Wooden typically refused to call timeouts late in games. The serene Bruins legend preferred to let his players self-actualize their way through hiccups. He was adamant in his philosophy that coaching was for practice, that if players weren’t prepared for anything by game time, he had failed. So when Phelps’ team suddenly pressed and the turnovers piled up, UCLA never took a timeout to adjust. A miraculous 12-point comeback ensued.

To this day, UCLA players dispute that version of the facts. They insist that they, not their coach, lost the game. (Guard Pete Trgovich told the Times in 2010 that “Anybody who knows basketball can’t put [Phelps and Wooden] in the same breath. It had nothing to do with Coach’s decision not to call a timeout.”) Forty years later, there is still bad blood, still some jockeying for control of the narrative, still some attempt to write the history of one of the most incredible upsets in college basketball history.

Still, 40 years later, the result itself remains unchanged, fully formed, an artifact of a bygone era. It is no longer possible for one program to be so dominant that a loss to No. 2 at home would immediately go down in history.

But it was possible then, and it is that context that makes Notre Dame 71, UCLA 70 so special. It is a basketball memory too strong to fade.

UCLA's Wooden statue well-executed

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It's not hard for sports statues to go awry. For every Michael Jordan in mid-soar or Al Kaline there's at least a handful of ill-conceived, poorly executed, or just downright strange sports effigies. Sometimes it's all of the above. Sometimes you get "Vaguely Andy Murray" in terracotta armor; sometimes you get anime-action Gordie Howe and Walter Johnson; sometimes Fulham's owner decides to go off the reservation and erect a chintzy Michael Jackson statue outside his football grounds. Poor bronzework is probably the No. 1 cause of Bad Sports Statue Syndrome worldwide (Scottie Pippen, ouch), but you can't discount crazy in the equation.

Fortunately, UCLA did not suffer any of the above. On Friday, the Bruins unveiled the coup de grace of their newly renovated Pauley Pavilion: An eight-foot tall, 400-pound bronze statue of legendary coach John Wooden. As this video shows, the ceremony seemed mostly quiet, even reverent, which fits with the gently thoughtful statesmanship most of us remember about the coach's later years.

But more important than the ceremony is whether the statue is any good. Mercifully, it is. I thought UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero summed up Wooden's pose rather well:
"It really captures Coach in a pose that most remember," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. "He looks like a teacher, he looks like a coach, he looks like someone who is thoughtful and someone who can be tough."

Plus, it actually looks like Wooden, which is not to be taken for granted. Just ask Southampton fans.

Syracuse, Ohio State had their guards up

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Aaron Craft was 7-for-9 from the field, 5-for-5 in the paint on Saturday.
Guard play was the story of the early-afternoon games in the Men's Basketball Championship on Saturday. Here's a closer look at the wins by the Syracuse Orange and Ohio State Buckeyes, each of whom advanced to the Round of 16.

(1) Syracuse 75, (8) Kansas State 59

Syracuse’s win was the 47th in the Men’s Basketball Championship for head coach Jim Boeheim. That’s tied for the fifth-most all-time with John Wooden (who did all of his coaching before the tournament expanded to six rounds). Boeheim is two wins behind Jim Calhoun for fourth-most, 32 behind all-time leader Mike Krzyzewski.

The Syracuse bench dominated, going 10-for-15 from the field (including 3-for-4 on 3-pointers) and 10-for-11 from the free throw line. The Orange bench outscored Kansas State’s reserves, 33-0.

In particular, Syracuse was at its best with Dion Waiters on the floor. The Orange outscored Kansas State 47-30 in the 24 minutes in which he played, and tallied all 12 of their transition points with him in the game.

Scoop Jardine was also a catalyst. He scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, and also had eight assists for the game, his most since February 8th.

During Jardine's career, Syracuse is 17-1 when he has at least eight assists. Syracuse held Kansas State to just 18 percent shooting (6-of-33) outside the paint. That's the lowest percentage by a Syracuse opponent on those types of shots in the last three Men's Basketball Championships.

The Orange shot 67 percent in the second half, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range.

Kansas State was able to hang in with Syracuse for much of the game because of its offensive rebounding. Jordan Henriquez had 11 of the team’s 25 offensive rebounds, one shy of the tournament record set by Bo Kimble in 1990.

Looking ahead, the Orange have lost their last three games in the Round of 16 since winning the national championship in 2003.

(2) Ohio State 73, (7) Gonzaga 66

The Buckeyes are headed to the Round of 16 for the third straight season, the longest such streak since the Sweet 16 began in 1975.

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft finished with his first career double-double, recording 17 points and 10 assists. His seven baskets tied a career high. Craft was 5-for-5 in the paint and finished with a team-best 10 of the Buckeyes’ 24 paint points.

In two seasons, Craft never had more than nine assists in a regular-season game, but he's now had at least 10 assists in the Round of 32 twice. Last year against George Mason in the Men’s Basketball Championship Round of 32, Craft had 15 assists.

Ohio State made nine 3-pointers, with Craft assisting on seven of them.

The Buckeyes accounted for 27 of their 73 points (37 percent) on 3-pointers, their highest percentage of points from 3-pointers in a game this season. Entering Saturday, they ranked last in the Big Ten in percentage of points from 3-pointers (20 percent).

Rebounding was also a key. Gonzaga dominated the offensive glass in the first half, with nine offensive rebounds and 13 second-chance points. The Buckeyes clamped down in the second half, limiting the Bulldogs to four offensive rebounds and two second-chance points.

Ohio State entered Saturday allowing opponents to grab only 25 percent of their missed shots, the best percentage in the Big Ten.

Wooden still affecting those a world away

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ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne has a story on how the late John Wooden continues to touch basketball people from around the globe.
It's hard to say exactly why UCLA softball coach Kelly Inouye-Perez showed up Thursday afternoon. Her boss had sent an e-mail earlier in the week mentioning an event where UCLA was hosting a delegation of Ugandan basketball coaches who were studying and applying Wooden's principles. But it was a mention, not an ask. If she had time, only. Which she probably wouldn't since the opening of softball season is just a few weeks away.

But for some reason Inouye-Perez wanted to come. Had to come. The mention of something new to do with the late John Wooden drew her in reflexively. The chance to connect with a group of coaches who'd travelled around the world just to be in the place he once was, was too intriguing. And so she spent three hours she really didn't have on Thursday afternoon watching an old video of Wooden speaking to a sports psychology class at UCLA, somehow knowing it would be worth it.

"You know," Inouye-Perez said. "It just never gets old. Every time I get a chance to relive how simply he puts things, it's just really special. As a coach, any time you hear his words or his philosophies like that, you can't help but get excited to go to practice the next day."

It was probably the 20th speech Inouye-Perez had heard Wooden give. It could've been the 100th time she heard him talk about the tenets of his Pyramid of Success. But as she watched, she took notes on her iPad like it was the first she'd heard of any of it.

"I love when he says: 'Don't be so engrossed in making a living that you forget to make a life,' " she said, reading from her notes. "Or the part when he says, 'We are many, but are we much? Until we are together, we can't do much at all.'

Read the rest of Shelburne's story here.
It has not been the best week for UCLA hoops. After two games vs. Loyola Marymount and Middel Tennessee State, the Bruins are 0-2 by a combined losing margin of 30 points. Reeves Nelson, arguably the Bruins' best, most important player, is currently suspended for attitude issues.

You know all of these things already, and we discussed them at length in the Hoopsbag this afternoon, so let's not rehash the whole sordid ordeal. UCLA fans have already been through enough. Instead, let's bring a little sunshine into their day. Let's warmly remind them of past glories and future attractions. Let's inform them of the latest plans for the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion -- set to open next season -- as released by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero Tuesday in the unusual blog email form he's been using for online outreach in 2011. From our west coast compadres at ESPN Los Angeles:
When Pauley Pavilion reopens next year, it will include a statue of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero announced Tuesday in his weekly blog. The statue will be sculpted by Blair Buswell, the head sculptor at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It will sit on the north side of Pauley along Bruin Walk. The statue is being financed by UCLA boosters.

"I can not wait until we unveil the final product," Guerrero wrote.

Guerrero's email also detailed UCLA's decision to sell the naming rights to the new arena to a sponsor in order to help offset the costs of the current renovation. He insisted the sponsorship would be "tastefully done" and has the blessing of the family of Edwin Pauley, the arena's namesake.

These emails haven't gone over all that well with some members of the Bruins fan base; the gents at Bruins Nation were, shall we say, less than thrilled to receive the missive in the midst of the Middle Tennessee State debacle. Things got a little ugly. The pitchforks are nearly unsheathed.

But hey, UCLA fans, look over here: John Wooden statue! That's kind of cool, right?

John Wooden's family signs with IMG

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The family of John Wooden has signed on with IMG Worldwide to manage the endorsements, licensing and media opportunities involving the late Hall of Fame coach. The company announced Monday it will represent Wooden's name, voice, likeness, image and signature on memorabilia and apparel as well as film and television programs that highlight his philosophies.

"We are very pleased to have a company of IMG’s reputation working to expand the Wooden global brand," Nan Muehlhausen and Jim Wooden, the coach's children, said in a statement. "Our dad touched millions of people around the globe with his simple, direct approach to life and he has provided his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with a blueprint for success that we feel should be shared with as many people as possible."

Clearly, taking control of Wooden's name is a meaningful thing for the family. In 2005, Wooden withdrew his support for the John R. Wooden Award because of a feud with the family that runs the Los Angeles Athletic Club over the usage of his name. The coach was no longer presenting the award named after him because of all this.

From the Los Angeles Times:
Muehlhausen, acting with the backing of her father and brother, wanted more say in the proceedings, more control of the use of John Wooden's very famous name.

The Hathaways responded that they had received the rights to use Wooden's name from Wooden himself, 30 years ago, and that if they didn't protect that trademark, they might lose it.

So, while John Wooden himself has stayed gracefully above the fray, as is his tendency and right at 95, the Hathaways and the rest of the Woodens are not saying many nice things about one another.

The dispute appeared to end after Wooden's death, as Jim Wooden presented the Wooden Award to Jimmer Fredette this year. The whole episode showed just how seriously the family took his naming rights, and now IMG is in place to handle the legalese and the business of properly preserving Wooden's legacy.

"It is a distinct honor to represent the Family of Coach John Wooden," Babette Perry, vice president of IMG broadcasting West Coast, said in a statement. "With all of the challenges facing today's world, his legacy is as important to our society as ever before. We live in a time when Coach Wooden's teachings on morality, integrity, and values serve as an example to people of all ages."
If I had the ability to code a Drudge-style blue-and-gold siren aimed solely at UCLA alums with massive amounts of cash to burn, that siren would be flashing bold and bright in this blog post at this very moment. Because if you're a UCLA alumni who also happens to be a basketball fan (that's easy!) and massively rich (OK, not so easy), the time to act is now.

On April 15, an undisclosed UCLA alumni decided to auction off one of the coolest and therefore most expensive pieces of memorabilia in Bruins history. The object at hand is the classic powder-blue UCLA center circle from the original Pauley Pavilion floor, the nexus of the John Wooden era. It's as iconic as college hoops collector's items come, and that's why, according to SCP Auctions, the bidding for the center circle had already reached $94,948 by Tuesday afternoon. The signatures of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Wooden himself certainly aren't hurting the value.

You don't have to be a Bruins die-hard to salivate over the rumpus-room possibilities available here. Wall-space is a requirement, of course -- the thing is 12-feet in diameter -- but nothing on your walls at present deserves to take precedence over this. It's the basement game-room addition to end all basement game-room additions. There's no topping this level of awesomeness. It's "if-I-won-the-lottery"-level stuff for any college hoops fan.

Then again, if UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero had his way, the original Pauley center court wouldn't be gracing anyone's pool hall in the years to come. According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Guerrero is "disappointed" that the anonymous UCLA alum -- widely believed to be the ex-wife of a former Bruin All-American point guard who bought the court after it was discovered sitting in storage in a campus warehouse -- isn't doing more to ensure the court returns to UCLA to be displayed alongside the Wooden den archives at the soon-to-be-renovated Pauley Pavilion in the decades to come.
"We are extremely disappointed to hear that the original center circle from Pauley Pavilion has been put up for auction," Guerrero said. "We have made numerous attempts to reacquire the center circle from the current owner but were rebuffed on every try. We even had a donor ready to make a donation to the owner's charity of choice. The center circle belongs on display at new Pauley Pavilion and we are hopeful that we will be able to work out an arrangement with the new owner to bring this important piece of UCLA basketball history back to its home."

Of course, there's still the possibility that the highest bidder in this week's auction will choose to donate the court back to UCLA, or will make some arrangement for a reasonable transfer of ownership. That might be the right thing to do. Then again, while "I donated the center circle back to UCLA" is a pretty neat thing to say, it pales in comparison to "every day I wake up, get dressed for work, and slap my powder-blue UCLA center circle on my way out the door, you guys totally have to come check this thing out."

In any case, here's your heads up, wealthy Bruins fans. The auction is set to end at 7 p.m. Saturday, so get your six-figure bids in now. Which would you rather have: All that money or the center circle? Choose wisely. After all, it's just money.

Stat Shots: Winningest coaches

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OTL video: John Wooden's legacy

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To honor legendary coach John Wooden on what would've been his 100th birthday, Outside the Lines ran a tribute involving several of his former players.

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-- To read about what Wooden's favorite breakfast spot did in honor of his 100th birthday, click here.

-- ESPN.com ran an extensive tribute to Wooden in the wake of his death this summer. That coverage can be found here.

John Wooden's new generation

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John Wooden would have turned 100 years old on Thursday, and some of his family members are expected to join students on the UCLA campus to celebrate the late coach's birthday.

According to The Press-Enterprise, the family recently had another cause for celebration after Wooden's first great-great grandchild was welcomed into the world.

Wooden's great-granddaughter, Cori Andersen, gave birth to Charles Riley Andersen two months after the UCLA legend's passing. Andersen, a Riverside, Calif., kindergarten teacher, told the paper Wooden was pleased the child's middle name would be the maiden name of his late wife, Nell.
"I think if he could have, he would have liked to have met my son Charlie," Andersen said. "He would have done it if he could have. I told him, 'It's OK Papa. You don't have to meet Charlie here. You can meet him on your way to see mama (Nellie).

"I was upset. But I was upset for selfish reasons. He was unable to do things for himself -- which he absolutely hated. He wanted to see mama and that's what he needed to do. It would have been cool if he could still be here. But I know that he's better off."

Before he died, Wooden left the great-great grandson he never got to meet with a signed copy of his children's book, Inch and Miles: A Journey to Success. Inside the cover he wrote, "To Charlie, with love and best wishes. Great-great grandpa, John Wooden."

That's the Wooden people remember as well -- always loving, constantly teaching.

So perhaps it's fitting that UCLA students not yet born when Wooden was coaching went ahead and organized his 100th birthday party so that they could share his values with others.

Volunteers Thursday will visit two local schools to speak with children about Wooden's memory and his Pyramid of Success.

In the evening, a tribute video on the coach's life will be screened. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, coach Ben Howland and former player Keith Erickson will speak. Cake will be served.

A happy birthday indeed.

UCLA celebrating Wooden's 100th birthday

September, 24, 2010
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John Wooden would have turned 100 on Oct. 14, and according to the Daily Bruin, UCLA students are scheduled on that day to celebrate the late coach's legacy with festivities during "John Wooden Day."

Student president Jasmine Hill told the paper that while Wooden's family members might not attend because they are still grieving his passing in June, the day-long event is being held with the family's blessing.

Guest speakers are scheduled to honor Wooden in the morning, with students later heading out to grade schools to tell children about Wooden's principles and his Pyramid of Success.
Hill said what she wants first and foremost is for people to walk away from the event with an appreciation of what Wooden meant to the campus, and what he did for the institution.

“This is such a great opportunity to bring different groups of people together,” she said. “What’s more Bruin than Wooden?”

John Wooden also gave relationship advice

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When college coaches made their pilgrimages to see John Wooden, more often than not, it wasn't game strategies they wanted to discuss. They wanted to learn life skills, and the late Hall of Fame coach was one of the best at giving out advice.

St. John's coach Steve Lavin, who hung on Wooden's every word while at UCLA, even benefited from relationship advice that Wooden gave, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He says Wooden was a guiding light as he went from the UCLA job to basketball analyst for ESPN, as he turned down the job at North Carolina State, even as he pondered his eventual Aug. 17, 2007, marriage to [Mary Ann] Jarou.

"He met all my girlfriends," Lavin says, "but when he met Mary, he said she was the one."

Wooden was old, but he wasn't blind.

Wooden was good at coaching, good at golf, and good at marriage given his fabled love story with his wife, Nell. He wrote love letters to her even after her death, identifying love as the secret to living a long life.

That Lavin would have gotten Wooden's wisdom on the matter is great for him, because he got it from one of the best.

Brad Stevens likes acronyms

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While John Wooden had the Pyramid of Success, Butler coach Brad Stevens has The Butler Way and some acronyms to help describe it.

He talked about what SHARPENS stands for during a speech the other day. According to the Washington Times-Herald:
The Butler way, in a nutshell, forms the acronym SHARPENS: Selflessness, Humility, Accountability, Resiliency, Passion, an "Even keel," "No doubts," and "Service to others."

The coach talked about all those traits, that have not only been stressed by him over the past two years, but by the coaches that came before him at Butler.

But wait! The usage of SHARPENS is apparently flexible as well. The Indianapolis Star in 2008 had Stevens talking about it as well, only with the "H" standing for honesty, the "R" for respect and the "E" for enthusiasm.

This wouldn't be the first time a Stevens-generated acronym was tinkered with. He also came up with TGHT to stand for "The Game Honors Toughness" and preached it with his players.

The only problem with that was the Bulldogs laughed as they rebranded it "Teach Gordon Hayward Toughness."

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.

John Wooden could do anything

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That's it. I'm convinced. John Wooden probably invented cheeseburgers, too.

As if the late UCLA coach -- with his 10 national championships and his almost 100 years of life and his stately grace and his awesome den full of memorabilia -- wasn't already impressive enough. It turns out he's a much better golfer than you, too. And he wasn't only good -- he accomplished two of golf's most difficult and desired scores in the same round. From the LA Daily News:
John Wooden's family is finding many treasures while cleaning out the two-bedroom Encino condo where he lived. One of the most meaningful came in a little box with a 1-cent stamp attached. It was the scorecard of Wooden's historical round with a double eagle, also known as an albatross, and hole-in-one on June 26, 1939.

According to Golf Digest, only four people have ever accomplished this rare feat. Muehlhausen said the magazine requested to see the scorecard.

"Daddy said he had it but he didn't know where it was," [Wooden's daughter Nan] Muehlhausen said. "I said I'll make a copy (when we find it) and send it to them. (My brother) Jim was offended. They wanted proof. He said, `If daddy said he did it, he did it."'

It's official: John Wooden was good at everything. Legendary basketball coach, great man, historically relevant golfer. Where does it end? If Wooden's family keeps digging through his old stuff, it must only be a matter of time before they find the Colonel's secret recipe, tapes of an inspirational jam session with Miles Davis, and a note to Jonas Salk advising Salk to let his bread get moldy. The legend continues.

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