A GRIP ON SPORTS • Some June dates we discover yearly. The sixth, which is Saturday, will all the time resonate due to the sacrifice on the seashores of France. June 19 will likely be further particular this 12 months. Father’s Day, no matter its date, brings tears for many people. Tomorrow, June 5, has a singular place in my coronary heart – and my abdomen. However at the moment hit me out of the blue. June 4. It has been 10 years since John Wood died.
• Sports activities arguments are fairly simple to begin. Do Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in baseball’s Corridor of Fame? Is Jim Brown the best working again in soccer historical past? Is Michael Jordan the GOAT? Ought to the Seahawks have handed on that one play within the Tremendous Bowl?
OK, that final one is fairly silly. Everyone knows the reply. Taking the “positive” facet is simply foolish. Nearly as foolish as naming somebody aside from Wood when discussing the best faculty basketball coaches of all-time.
Wood earned that spot in his time at UCLA. Whether or not you’re a numbers man or an eye-test aficionado, Wood wins. Ten nationwide titles, seven of them consecutively. Fifteen Pac-12 championships. 4 good seasons. Greater than 600 wins. Extra accolades than any faculty basketball coach ever.
Heck, he could also be, because the Sporting Information declared in 2009, the best coach of all time, no matter sport.
We wrote yesterday concerning the significance of heroes. John Wood wasn’t a hero, exactly, at the very least not for me. He was, and is, a shining mild. He was the rationale 1000’s went into teaching and, as soon as they received there, exhibited some deep-held tenets.
Wooden’s teams have been one of the best once I was essentially the most vulnerable to affect, from grammar faculty by way of faculty. Watching as a close-by bystander, how his Bruins performed appeared nearly good. And, in plenty of methods, nonetheless does.
Nevertheless it was greater than that. It’s onerous to teach gifted gamers in a crew recreation that calls for expertise as a lot as basketball does. Convincing stars to dim their wattage a bit for the great of the room was Wood’s brightest mild.
He attracted Southern California’s greatest gamers, friends in a roundabout way whose highschool exploits I adopted and knew intimately. After which he was capable of combine their talents right into a cohesive unit that was extra concerning the crew than the rest.
That was his best expertise.
And it’s the aim of each faculty basketball coach who has ever been one of his acolytes, amongst them the man who leads this space’s native squad. If there’s any manner Mark Few emulates Wood greater than his emphasis on crew play, I haven’t discovered it. There are similarities in offensive philosophies and family background, however Few’s potential to mesh gamers, to mix them seamlessly, for essentially the most half (similar to Wood), into the Gonzaga collective, is what stands out.
John Wood lived to be almost 100 years previous, which is fairly cool in its personal proper. However you recognize what’s cooler? His legacy will stay quite a bit longer than that.
WSU: Across the Pac-12 and faculty sports activities, the nationwide dialogue about George Floyd’s dying, and the dying of others in the identical method, continues, together with inside the faculty athletic neighborhood. One individual to talk out yesterday was former Washington State participant Aron Baynes. … Washington can pay its assistant soccer coaches much less this season. And a UW basketball coach has apologized. … An Oregon State soccer participant was booted from the crew late final night time when feedback he made in highschool appeared on-line. The Beavers additionally pared 23 positions in the athletic department yesterday. … It doesn’t matter what, Oregon’s Division I programs are on observe to play subsequent season. The governor is guaranteeing it. And he or she additionally took a gratuitous swipe at Washington’s Division I packages. … Utah’s athletic director had some extra to say. … UCLA can have a brand new starter at working again. … An Arizona State punter acquired a uncommon waiver from the NCAA and will likely be again in Tempe subsequent season. … In basketball information, Colorado is specializing in different points, not hoops. … USC can have 5 transfers on its roster. … How next season will play out is unimaginable for Arizona’s Sean Miller to foretell.
Gonzaga: Few is on board with a suggestion from former College of Portland coach Eric Reveno to present faculty athletes Election Break day. Jim Meehan has more on the proposal and Few’s response. … Jim additionally has a story on former GU player Demetri Goodson working his manner up the administration ladder for the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
EWU: The school’s price range crunch is main to very large cuts. With a “extreme monetary disaster” looming, the varsity has notified some 400 college and employees their positions might disappear. Chad Sokol has this story on a difficulty that may filter right down to the athletic division eventually. … Elsewhere within the Huge Sky, will Montana State’s game at Utah come off Sept. 12? It doesn’t matter what, the Bobcats received’t have their greatest participant. Troy Andersen is out for the season. … Each MSU and Montana are within the preseason prime 10. … The most recent Weber State basketball participant desires to slot in. … Northern Arizona has signed a 6-foot-11 middle from Poland. … An Idaho State basketball participant needed to change marriage ceremony plans because of the pandemic. … The Idaho State Journal has a look at how COVID-19 is impacting schools across the convention.
Preps: Monitor and discipline is a solitary sport. However that doesn’t imply highschool athletes don’t miss competing for his or her faculty’s crew. Steve Christilaw looks at the lost season just past in this story.
Chiefs: The NHL is pounding out plans to return to play as quickly as attainable. The league’s newest plan intrigues a few former Spokane gamers. Dan Thompson has the story.
Seahawks: Russell Wilson met with the media yesterday. He didn’t talk about football. He talked about race relations, deeply and from the heart. … Colin Kaepernick’s protests from years previous have as soon as once more taken a maintain of the highlight, from New Orleans to Seattle. … K.J. Wright spoke out.
Mariners: The gamers and homeowners appear to be far aside of their negotiations to return to the field in 2020. The homeowners rejected the participant’s 114-game concept and countered with 50 games. On the core, as all the time, is cash.
Sounders: A longtime broadcaster is no longer with the organization.
• In the event you didn’t know, tomorrow is Nationwide Donut Day, although I desire the classical spelling, d-o-u-g-h-n-u-t. The little guys and I’ve a storied and deep historical past, one which reaches again into the mists of time. If nothing newsworthy occurs at the moment, I could delve into that historical past a bit tomorrow. Although I can’t determine how I’m going to deliver sports activities into the combo. Till later …
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