LSU had just suffered its third straight losing season, and men’s basketball coach Dale Brown visited the home of his boss, athletic director Carl Maddox.
“I told him I wasn’t sure I can win the way they wanted me to,” Brown said. “I didn’t want to create problems for him or embarrass the university. I told him that my wife I could return to North Dakota and teach and coach and teach. We didn’t want to see him get fired over me.
“And he told me, ‘Dale, you do it exactly the way you’re doing it, and as long as I’m the A.D. you’ll be the head coach.’ Well, that stimulated me.”
Brown posted 17 straight non-losing seasons, reaching two Final Fours, winning four Southeastern Conference championships and a league tournament. His 448 career victories rank second in league history behind Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp.
Brown will join seven others, including one his great players, Shaquille O’Neal, at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony on Nov. 23 at the Midland Theater. Tickets for the event are $30.
The ceremony kicks off another busy year for college basketball in Kansas City, which includes regular-season visits by Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri in December. Here’s a look at the schedule:
▪ National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction at the Midland Theater: The 2014 class features players Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Darrell Griffith and Zelmo Beaty (deceased), coaches Dale Brown, Gary Williams and Glenn Wilkes and contributor Howard Garfinkel.
▪ CBE Classic at the Sprint Center: Two semifinals, Maryland vs. Arizona State and Alabama vs. Iowa State, then consolation and championship games on night two.
▪ Kansas vs. Utah at the Sprint Center
▪ Kansas State vs. Texas A&M at the Sprint Center
▪ Missouri vs. Oklahoma State at the Sprint Center
▪ Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association men’s and women’s tournaments at Municipal Auditorium
▪ Big 12 Conference men’s tournament at the Sprint Center
▪ NAIA Division I men’s tournament at Municipal Auditorium