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    Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Excellent interview with Coach Orr talking about past memories and about the current status of things at Iowa State.

    Jon, any chance you could podcast the interview?

    Things I caught were coaching salaries...Orr said that he was the highest paid coach in the nation his first year at ISU. Said he made $15,000 per year when he started at Michigan.

    He talked about Barry Stevens. He talked about leaving Michigan and coming to Iowa State. Also talked about the current state of ISU athletics a little bit. He really likes McDermott as a person and thinks he will succeed here. Met Chizik and likes him a lot. He mentioned that he loves Iowa and calls this place home. A few other things as well.

    Jon, I liked your comment in there about calling everyone "coach".


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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Yeah, interesting hearing about his past coaching salaries. That's insane that those have inflated so quickly. It's not like coach Orr coached in the 50s or something, it really wasn't that long ago.



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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    UGH! I missed Johnny?


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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    He was on Cotler yesterday morning too. Some more funny stories and stuff.




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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    When I was going to ISU I made just about every basketball game. Hilton got loud but rarely did it get as loud as when Johnny came out with the team before the game began. Man I miss them days



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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    It is impossible to not smile when you listen to that man talk. He would have been a great salesman.



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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneryan View Post
    It is impossible to not smile when you listen to that man talk. He would have been a great salesman.
    He WAS a great salesman of ISU basketball.



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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Whooooeeeeee, coach!!

    He's a huge reason that I'm a Cyclone. That guy just gets you excited for stuff.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Quote Originally Posted by johnsonjj View Post
    He WAS a great salesman of ISU basketball.
    Amen....



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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    I loved Johnny Orr! His teams back then played so hard. Didn't get to catch the interview but i bet i was a good one. I loved listening to him talk as well.


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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    I attended a coaching clinic in Minneapolis quite a few years ago. Johnny was one of the speakers. He was diagraming on an overhead how the Iowa State fast break worked. It was classic Johnny, before long he had overhead marker all over the overhead and was joking about having players running everywhere (as he is moving the overhead marker all over) and suddenly starts swearing a blue streak about how the fast break is really just chaos. He had the entire ballroom of college and high school coaches in an uproar, which fed him even more. It is my favorite non- Ames memory of him.


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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    When I was going to ISU I made just about every basketball game. Hilton got loud but rarely did it get as loud as when Johnny came out with the team before the game began. Man I miss them days
    Do you remember those days just before he came; like '76 / '77? It seems Hilton could barely fill the bottom parquet.


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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post

    Things I caught were coaching salaries...Orr said that he was the highest paid coach in the nation his first year at ISU. .
    Do you folks think ISU could afford to pay someone the highest MBB salary in today's world? What are we talking here - something like $3 MM ??


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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    Mays be it is because I am just getting older, I am 47, but I loved watching Johnny's teams allot more then I like watching teams now.

    Who can forget Ron Virgil 6-4 guarding guys 6-11? I still say the most exciting game I have ever witnessed was the 102-100 Double Overtime over Iowa in 1988.

    I also enjoyed going to the old Big-8 Tournament. Talk about a good time.

    Oh well, life seems to pass by so fast anymore.



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    Re: Johnny Orr Interview on Jon Miller

    i remember when i was pry 6 or 7 and my father went back to iowa state a second time, we were walking in ames and we ran into orr and i was like dad its johnny orr and he heard me and goes hey coach how ya doin? made my day for weeks



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