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    Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Wooden's friends, family and former players all say they didn't need an award from a national magazine to confirm the identity of the greatest coach in American sports history.

    Former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi was second behind Wooden, who received 57 first-place votes from a panel of 118 sports experts assembled by Sporting News. Alabama football coach Bear Bryant was third, with the NBA's Phil Jackson and football's Don Shula fifth.
    Wooden arrived at the luncheon in a wheelchair after a series of minor health setbacks in recent years, but the coach still has an appetite both for conversation and a hearty lunch. He sat at a table with Howland, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero and former players Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson and Andy Hill, while several other players gathered next to him.
    "You get older, your memory gets a little bad, but a lot of other things get worse," Wooden said during a short lapse in his train of thought. Wooden won 10 national championships at UCLA, winning more than 80 percent of his games over 27 seasons. The Indiana native has been in the Basketball Hall of Fame since 1961, and has kept busy as a speaker and teacher since his retirement from UCLA in 1975.

    What do you think did Sporting news get it right?



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Wooden's friends, family and former players all say they didn't need an award from a national magazine to confirm the identity of the greatest coach in American sports history.

    Former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi was second behind Wooden, who received 57 first-place votes from a panel of 118 sports experts assembled by Sporting News. Alabama football coach Bear Bryant was third, with the NBA's Phil Jackson and football's Don Shula fifth.
    Wooden arrived at the luncheon in a wheelchair after a series of minor health setbacks in recent years, but the coach still has an appetite both for conversation and a hearty lunch. He sat at a table with Howland, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero and former players Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson and Andy Hill, while several other players gathered next to him.
    "You get older, your memory gets a little bad, but a lot of other things get worse," Wooden said during a short lapse in his train of thought. Wooden won 10 national championships at UCLA, winning more than 80 percent of his games over 27 seasons. The Indiana native has been in the Basketball Hall of Fame since 1961, and has kept busy as a speaker and teacher since his retirement from UCLA in 1975.

    What do you think did Sporting news get it right?
    Dan Gable disputes this claim.



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    Dan Gable disputes this claim.
    Didn't UCLA not lose a game for like 3 years in a row or something like that? Hard to disagree with them picking Wooden.



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    Didn't UCLA not lose a game for like 3 years in a row or something like that? Hard to disagree with them picking Wooden.
    according to them, Gable isn't even top 5.



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    according to them, Gable isn't even top 5.
    That's fine, he still coached Iowa to 21 national championships. Any "top 10" list is always pretty subjective anyway.



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    That's fine, he still coached Iowa to 21 national championships. Any "top 10" list is always pretty subjective anyway.
    An equally incredible accomplishment, but no one really cares about wrestling.



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    I'm a Hawk fan and Dan Gable is the man. However, John Wooden > Dan Gable coach wise



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    Didn't UCLA not lose a game for like 3 years in a row or something like that? Hard to disagree with them picking Wooden.
    88 games, to be exact. That's just stunning.


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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Here's the top 50

    1. John Wooden, college basketball
    2. Vince Lombardi, NFL
    3. Bear Bryant, college football
    4. Phil Jackson, NBA
    5. Don Shula, NFL
    6. Red Auerbach, NBA
    7. Scotty Bowman, NHL
    8. Dean Smith, college basketball
    9. Casey Stengel, MLB
    10. Knute Rockne, college football
    11. Pat Summitt, women's college basketball
    12. Paul Brown, NFL
    13. Joe Paterno, college football
    14. George Halas, NFL
    15. Chuck Noll, NFL
    16. Bob Knight, college basketball
    17. Joe Gibbs, NFL
    18. Tom Landry, NFL
    19. Mike Krzyzewski, college basketball
    20. Bill Belichick, NFL
    21. Adolph Rupp, college basketball
    22. Joe McCarthy, MLB
    23. Eddie Robinson, college football
    24. Bobby Bowden, college football
    25. John McGraw, MLB
    26. Bill Walsh, NFL
    27. Woody Hayes, college football
    28. Connie Mack, MLB
    29. Bud Wilkinson, college football
    30. Pat Riley, NBA
    31. Pete Newell, college basketball
    32. Joe Torre, MLB
    33. Bill Parcells, NFL
    34. Tom Osborne, college football
    35. Walter Alston, MLB
    36. Bo Schembechler, college football
    37. Toe Blake, NHL
    38. Sparky Anderson, MLB
    39. Al Arbour, NHL
    40. Amos Alonzo Stagg, college football
    41. Tony La Russa, MLB
    42. Geno Auriemma, women's college basketball
    43. Dick Irvin, NHL
    44. Ara Parseghian, college football
    45. Chuck Daly, NBA
    46. Bobby Cox, MLB
    47. Hank Iba, college basketball
    48. Tommy Lasorda, MLB
    49. Gregg Popovich, NBA
    50. Herb Brooks, NHL



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by everyyard View Post
    according to them, Gable isn't even top 5.

    I don't see him on the list at all. Unless I missed it, this list is pure crap.

    I know people don't care about wrestling, but do people care about women's basketball and hockey?



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    Re: Sportingnews names John Wooden greastest coach ever

    Quote Originally Posted by RossHallHero View Post
    I don't see him on the list at all. Unless I missed it, this list is pure crap.

    I know people don't care about wrestling, but do people care about women's basketball and hockey?
    By attendence alone, even ISU fans care more about WBB than wrestling.


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