They Shoot Coaches, Don't They?

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They Shoot Coaches, Don't They? traces UCLA's history and the parade of coaches that have tried to recapture the glory days and wrestled with Wooden's legacy. Mark Heisler has talked to the key players and coaches who helped establish UCLA's dynasty years ago and kept the dream alive till the 1994-95 season, when they finally threw the monkey off their back with a championship win after twenty years. His in-depth interviews with John Wooden, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Walton provide insight into ...
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Overview

They Shoot Coaches, Don't They? traces UCLA's history and the parade of coaches that have tried to recapture the glory days and wrestled with Wooden's legacy. Mark Heisler has talked to the key players and coaches who helped establish UCLA's dynasty years ago and kept the dream alive till the 1994-95 season, when they finally threw the monkey off their back with a championship win after twenty years. His in-depth interviews with John Wooden, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Walton provide insight into what it meant to play for the school that started it all. He details the loss of innocence in this college sport over the past thirty years and illustrates the lengths to which many schools will go, including UCLA with its own shady booster in flashy Sam Gilbert, to make it to the big dance.

UCLA won its first two NCAA basketball championships in 1964 and 1965 and went on to win 10 titles in 12 years under John Wooden, creating a standard of excellence that many schools have tried to match with intense recruiting and backdoor deals. Heisler traces the rise of college basketball and focuses on UCLA history, including the 1995 championship season, and features an in-depth interview with Wooden himself. 20 b&w photos.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780028608198
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1395
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Paradise Misplaced 1
2 The Wooden Years: California Gothic 11
3 Sam Gilbert: He Made Them an Offer They Couldn't Refuse 44
4 The Bartow Years: Clean Gene Doesn't Let the Door Hit Him in the Rear End 63
5 Denny Come Home: The Bruins Discover the Age of Limits 84
6 The Cunningham Years: Both of Them 92
7 The Brown Years: The Pied Piper Hands a U-Turn 109
8 The Farmer Years: More Wooden Than Wooden 129
9 The Hazzard Years: Fool for Love 147
10 The Mutt That Roared: The Harrick Years 167
11 In the Belly of the Beast: New Jack-It-Up City and the Warm-up Suit Capital of the World 186
12 Seattle '95: Ty and Ed's Incredible Adventure 207
Postscript: And They All Lived Happily Ever After 228
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    A book that takes you there and back through UCLA Bruin history

    'THEY SHOOT COACHES, DON'T THEY?' is a wonderful book that takes you through Bruin basketball history even the John Wooden years. This book has every UCLA basketball team and coach from beginning to end. John Wooden, Gene Bartow, Deny Crum, Larry Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, the O'Bannon brothers they're all here. I really found a lot of the stories interesting and well told. Playing on the second floor of an old gym in the early years all the way to now, one of the nicest arenas in the NCAA. Getting suspended from the NCAA tournament for paying their basketball recruits money and giving them cars. Winning 10 NCAA titles in 12 years and going 60 - 0 over 2 seasons. Theres just so much history at UCLA. I would recommend this book to any basketball fan. You'll learn a lot from it.

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