I Remember Al McGuire: Personal Memories and Testimonials to College Basketball's Wittiest Coach and Commentator, as Told by the People Who Kby Mike Towle
For three decades Al McGuire was the heart and soul of college basketball, first as the street-smart head coach at Marquette University and later as the hoops-savvy television analyst whose unique mix of humor, candor, and uncanny insights brought a whole new dimension to sports broadcasting. McGuire was the consummate professional at whatever he did. Possessing an insider's knowledge of the game, he was able to communicate to viewers in ways that were as entertaining as they were informative. His joy for the game and the people involved with it made him one of the sports world's most enduring icons.
When McGuire passed away at the age of seventy-two in early 2001 after a long illness, he left behind a rich legacy that had a touch of poetry. In the middle of the 1976-77 season, McGuire announced to his team that this would be his last year in coaching. The season ended with McGuire overcome with emotion, sitting on the Marquette bench as tears streamed down his face. His Warriors had given their beloved coach the ultimate going-away present, a national championship.
In I Remember Al McGuire the legendary basketball coach and commentator is recalled by dozens of associates who offer their favorite anecdotes, insights, assessments, and other assorted memories of a basketball junkie who was as quick with a quip as he was with a word of encouragement. Among those contributing to this book are his former players and assistant coaches as well as other head coaches, media personalities, friends, and associates who knew him well.
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