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Friday, September 14, 2001
Basketball pioneer Phog Allen dies at 88

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

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 Valley, Big Six and Big Seven conference championships and the NCAA championship in 1952.

Allen, who was dubbed Phog by sportswriters for the quality of his foghorn voice, also coached at Baker University in Kansas (1906-08), Haskell Institute (1909) and Central Missouri State (1913-19).