April 3, 2003 |
Al McGuire referred to Marquette's last national championship as the season of "seashells and balloons. " It was a magical ride that made the modest Catholic school in Milwaukee the center of the basketball universe in McGuire's final season as head coach, in 1977. Six coaches and 26 years later, the Golden Eagles have returned to the Final Four. Since they shocked Kentucky on Saturday for the championship of the Midwest Regional, references to the Warriors (the team's former nickname)
March 12, 1996 |
It will be easy finding area basketball fans as March Madness begins Thursday. They'll either be at NCAA Tournament games involving area teams, or in front of their television sets. Drexel-Memphis leads off the schedule for area fans at approximately 5 p.m. on Channel 3 with a first-round West Regional game from Albuquerque, N.M. Tim Brando will do play by play with Derrek Dickey as the analyst. Channel 3 is scheduled to carry the Connecticut-Colgate Southeast Regional game at 12:15 p.m., followed by the Massachusetts-Central Florida East Regional game from Providence, R.I., until Drexel-Memphis begins.
March 24, 1994 |
The first notion Kevin O'Neill dismissed was that basketball success at Marquette University meant erasing the huge shadow cast by legendary coach Al McGuire and his 1977 NCAA championship team. There are certain things that won't and shouldn't be forgotten, and O'Neill recognized immediately that in Wisconsin, Al McGuire is one of them. "You can't fight that," said O'Neill, who is in his fifth season at Marquette. "Al McGuire is the most colorful college basketball coach in history.
March 9, 2000 |
Sports television, as we have learned, is a peculiar business. ABC Sports yesterday cleaned house with the network's highest-rated show, "Monday Night Football. " Gone are analyst Boomer Esiason and the longtime production team of producer Kenny Wolfe and director Craig Janoff. Not long ago, CBS declined to rehire play-by-play man Sean McDonough even though they were happy with his work. The reason? CBS wanted to bring in Dick Enberg, and McDonough's contract was expiring.
March 8, 1995 |
The NCAA Tournament hasn't even started yet and Al McGuire is circling his own planet. The former coach, who led Marquette to the NCAA title in 1977, is in his fourth season as a CBS hoops analyst. During an NCAA Tournament briefing with the press Monday at CBS headquarters, McGuire, 66, nominated Michigan State's Jud Heathcote for coach of the year. Then, McGuire said the retiring Spartans coach should ask for a three-year contract. Then he could start "combing his hair backwards rather than forwards.
January 8, 1991 |
One of the more emotional issues at the NCAA convention in Nashville, Tenn., this week figures to be Proposal 80, which would grant a fourth year of eligibility to athletes who enter college as academic partial- or non- qualifiers under controversial Proposition 48, and may not play or practice as freshmen. Under this measure, they could be given another season, much like a redshirt who gets to compete in four years spread out over five, provided sufficient progress is made toward a degree.
April 2, 1994 |
Mike Deane, who coached Siena to third place in this year's NIT, was named the new coach at Marquette yesterday. "People said it would be tough for me to follow in the footsteps of Al McGuire and Kevin O'Neill, but those are the reasons I wanted to come here," Deane said at a news conference. "I see Marquette as a gigantic step forward professionally for me. " McGuire coached Marquette to the NCAA championship in 1977. O'Neill rejuvenated the program in his five seasons and took the Warriors to two straight NCAA tournaments before leaving this week to take the head coaching job at Tennessee.
December 21, 2004 |
John Chaney coached his 1,000th college basketball game last night. That's just the half of it, he said. "I saw Lute Olson on television talking about coaching 1,000 games," Chaney said after Temple got past Princeton, 48-46. "I guess if Lute coached 1,000, I know I coached over 2,000. I mean, I coached everything - gymnastics, everything. " The Owls coach, in his 23d season on North Broad Street, was thinking back to his days coaching and teaching gym at Sayre Junior High at the same time he coached in the old Eastern Pro League, before he took over at Simon Gratz High in 1966.
January 19, 1987 |
Credit Cardinal Dougherty's rise to the top of the Catholic League North Division standings to its high-rise center - 6-foot, 5-inch junior Rodger Tabb. Tabb scored a game-high 18 points as the first-place Cardinals (4-1 league and 10-4 overall going into Sunday's game at Father Judge) powered past Bishop Egan, 55-40, in a Catholic North game Friday at Egan. "He was the epitome of what (NBC-TV basketball commentator) Al McGuire calls an 'aircraft carrier,' " Egan coach Jim Fenerty said.
September 20, 1991 |
If it's suspense you're looking for, there might not be much reason to tune into tomorrow's one-hour U.S. Olympic basketball selection show (Channel 3, 5 p.m.). The names of most of the 12 team members who will be announced have been common knowledge for weeks. But while there is little likelihood of surprise, that doesn't mean co- hosts Bob Costas and Marv Albert will be limited in what they can do. "The show itself is pretty much of an orchestrated thing," Costas said. "But there will be, I've been assured, enough unscripted moments to allow for genuine interview situations.