Tribute to John Wooden

I was saddened to read this morning that legendary UCLA (and South Bend Central) coach John Wooden had died. He was 99 years old, so his passing was perhaps little surprise. But it reminded me of all the stories I’ve read about him over the years, and how his great character asserted itself  in every one.

This Rick Reilly column was my introduction to Wooden, and Sports Illustrated continued to offer some great coverage on him over the years. I’ve always intended to read his book, “They Call Me Coach.” The great thing about books is that I can still hear from him there, even after he’s gone.