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Basketball pioneer Phog Allen dies at 88

Updated: September 14, 2001, 10:25 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 16, 1974

Phog Allen, who learned his basketball from the game's inventor, James Naismith, dies at the age of 88 in Lawrence, Kan. With a career record of 746-264 in 48 seasons, he was the NCAA's winningest coach when he retired from Kansas in 1956.

A 1906 Kansas graduate, he coached his alma mater in 1908-09 and from 1920 through 1956. Allen's coaching strategies revolutionized the game, as he pioneered "set" plays and taught zone defense. His Jayhawks won 24 Missouri ...

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