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Rest in peace, Charlie Coles

Charlie Coles, one of KSR’s all-time favorite opposing basketball coaches, passed away this morning. The former Miami University basketball coach gave us one of the best press conferences we’ve ever seen following John Wall’s late game heroics in Wall’s first game as a Wildcat. Miami led 39-36 at the half but Kentucky came back to win by two on Wall’s last second shot.

After the game, Coles delivered this…

“They’re the Big Blue!”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 Comments for Rest in peace, Charlie Coles



  1. Axe Cop
    12:49 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Sad news! RIP.



  2. Panama
    12:54 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Great man and a dying breed. Wonder who asked that question?



  3. Dave
    12:54 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    RIP Mr. Coles. Great basketball coach but even better person!



  4. Justin
    12:55 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I just hope that was Jerry Tipton asking that question.



  5. johnboy not billy
    12:56 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    THAT DAY will live with Dick Gabriel in INFAMY… Thanks for the laughs Mr Coles! You will be missed!!



  6. UK RULES BABY
    12:57 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I love his facial and sounds he mad when first asked the question and the explanation of why it got away



  7. NineWillBeFine
    12:59 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    What a great press conference. I had no idea he was having health problems. He did great things with the Miami program and seems like he was a great, fun guy to be around. RIP Charlie Coles



  8. Duffus
    1:16 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    “How did HE get away???” Fun guy RIP Coach Coles!!



  9. Ridge Runner
    1:20 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Have you heard of John Wall?

    haha… Fun stuff. RIP sir.



  10. Miami Grad / UK Fran
    1:24 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Great coach and great spirit on campus. He will be missed!



  11. kadizkat
    1:26 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Great, classic. The best 2 minutes in a press conference ever. RIP



  12. Yoda
    1:35 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Makes me laugh every time.

    Coles: “Where are you from?”
    Reporter: “Lexington.”
    Coles: “Wha…Lexington?! You’re from LEXINGTON?! OH MY LORD. How did it get away from ME?!”

    Bahahaha.



  13. Jughead
    1:42 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Classic! RIP, goodfellow.



  14. dave
    1:58 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    what a guy. everyone at miami loved him.



  15. Laker Cat 18
    2:55 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Prayers to Coach Coles’ friends and family.



  16. Laker Cat 18
    2:58 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Also, prayers to the family and friends of Jamison “Jamo” Stephens. He fought for our country, was a big UK fan, and a Russell County Laker for life. I know he has a ton of friends who frequent the KSR boards. RIP Jamo.



  17. kdh2011
    3:03 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    RIP Charlie



  18. yesterday's wine
    5:04 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Miami teams were always a bit better than their talent with Coach Coles on the bench. Good coach and a class act.RIP



  19. jpbky2
    12:15 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched that interview 10 times and it still makes me smile. “They’re the Big Blue”