I’m sure there are some of you out there that remember Coach Wooden when he was on the sidelines. There are probably some of you that remember him for countless other reasons, too. However, being the youngster that I am, to me his legend is merely that. A legend. A collection of stories and facts, intermingled together to form a myth of a man. Still, that myth is one that stands larger than the industry he worked for. John Wooden was not defined by his career, instead he helped define college basketball and those that would serve after him. With his passing, we have lost yet another face on the Rushmore of college basketball.
Whether you liked John Wooden or not, you cannot deny the influence he has had on the college game, something we all are fans of. Still, Wooden was a little before my time, and unlike Matt, I never got the chance to clown around with him. My only true experience with Coach Wooden has been through his TED talk. Take a moment and watch it. In his talk you can get a glimpse of what made him such a successful coach and person. It’s a little long at 18 minutes, but if you’re at your computer on a Saturday anyways, give it a go. I’ll be around the rest of the day with more lighthearted news, I promise.
UPDATE: If you want to read a good article on the coach, the LA times released one today.