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    ISU naming it's court after the wrong person?


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    the Pantagraph sure thinks so:

    http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2...e024709432.txt

    so does the Wichita paper:

    "? Indiana State announced Monday it will name its basketball court after John Wooden during a ceremony before Saturday's exhibition game against Albion.

    A few questions:

    First, who is Albion? And why are the Sycamores honoring one of the most legendary figures in college basketball history before a game against Albion? What's the expected crowd for this one? Is there an expected crowd for this one?

    Now, a couple of comments.

    It seems odd that Indiana State waited all this time to honor Wooden, who coached two seasons for the Sycamores (1946-48) before moving on to UCLA, where he led the Bruins to 10 national championships.

    Wooden, who turned 98 this month, deserves every honor bestowed upon him, of course. This one just seems a little self-serving.

    When I think of Wooden, I do not think of Indiana State.

    Why doesn't ISU name the court after Larry Bird?"

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    Interesting. You should never name a court or stadium after a former player in my opinion. I'm not even sure you should with a coach, but if you're going to Wooden is the best choice. He was always an Indiana native and coach even after going to UCLA (he had as much to do with our state's tradition as a basketball state as anyone) and that started with his days as coach and athletic director of our Sycamores. Most people forget he ever coached at ISU.

    Screw the notion that Indiana State wasn't a huge part of his success. He got his name here and made a historic decision as ISU's coach that should far out weigh anything he accomplished in terms of wins and championships at UCLA. Of course it doesn't in our win-minded society, but I say it's a good move by ISU. Call attention to what he did at our school. As for Larry, he already has a street named after him right outside, granted it's only a block long, but it's more than most people get.

    I haven't read up on this, but assume given his health that he won't be at the event in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bent20 View Post
    I haven't read up on this, but assume given his health that he won't be at the event in person.
    They're going to play a message that he recorded on the video screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfan312 View Post
    They're going to play a message that he recorded on the video screens.
    That's cool. I'd love to see it, hope they post it on gosycamores after the game.
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    One other thought - I'm sure Wichita State and Illinois State would love to have legends like Larry Bird and John Wooden affiliated with their basketball programs, so who are their sports writers to criticize us? Who are their courts named after? Doug Collins? WOW!!!!! There is a name that rings in the hearts of basketball fans everywhere.
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    Personal, but related.................................the first college game I ever attended was on 12/5/1964 in the old ISU Arena which was packed to the rafters with 4000+ (remember standing the whole game alongside a rail) when Coach Wooden brought his defending champion Bruins to Terre Haute to play the Sycamores. That team led by Gail Goodrich won 112-76 and even though they lost a couple of games that season won a 2nd consecutive NCAA Championship.

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    This just points out that Indiana State has a long way to go in reaching out to, and being rightly proud of, its long and storied basketball history. Wooden's stand with Clarence Walker alone is justification for this ceremony. Throw in the fact that he honed his coaching methodology at ISU, and won 75% of his games here, and it's a good move.

    I've said for years that I'd have Wooden's name and Bird's name all over everything associated with the basketball program. Two of the most important names in college basketball history, and they both came through ISU. That's something to be proud of, not hide from.

    I applaud ISU for taking this important step toward recognizing our tradition!!!!

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    How was the ceremony? What did Wooden have to say?
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    The court should have been named after Coach Bob King, former Head Coach and Athletic Director at ISU.
    If you know anything about the history of ISU basketball it is a no-brainer that Coach King is deserving of some sort of recognition as it relates to the history of ISU basketball.

    No more needs to be said!!!

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    Since we’ve started Hulman Center renovations and I’m bored, I looked up this thread. Now, I’m a big Wooden fan and proud he started his career here, and appreciate all he did. I just question the decision to put his name on the court. I think an area on the concourse detailing his connection to ISU would have been more appropriate. Gonna be hard to ever take it off now, and expensive. I hear we would have to pay money to take it off now, as the rights are owned by a sports marketing firm. The fact that we’d have to pay to get rid of it, is just another example of incompetence by the previous administration.

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