Monday, March 24, 2014
Kim Mulkey late and great
|Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has won a total of four national titles as a head coach, assistant and player. |
She's late to the dance, and history could be waiting. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, who served an NCAA suspension in the Lady Bears' 87-74 first-round victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday, will be making her 2014 NCAA tournament debut tonight when second-seeded Baylor takes on Cal in the second round (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/Watch ESPN) with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Mulkey is the only person in the history of the NCAA women's basketball tournament who has won a national championship as both a player and a head coach. Mulkey was a member of the 1982 Louisiana Tech squad, winner of the inaugural NCAA title, and has coached Baylor to championships in 2005 and 2012. Three people have achieved this feat on the men's side -- Bobby Knight (Ohio State, Indiana), Dean Smith (Kansas, North Carolina) and Joe B. Hall (Kentucky). Among the elite group, Mulkey is the only one who has also won a national title as an assistant (Louisiana Tech, 1988). Mulkey, who served the one-game suspension for criticizing officials after the then-defending national champion Lady Bears lost to Louisville in a Sweet 16 game last March, is trying to make more history as just the third women's head coach to win three or more NCAA championships.