Wooden headlines legendary group (Getty Images).
Atlanta, Georgia (November 23, 2006) -- With the start of the 2006-07 college basketball season upon us, the Master Basketball Coaches announce their joining with Scout.com to provide fans greater access to the expert commentary from the coaching legends of the game.
The Master Basketball Coaches (MBC) is made up of 15 legendary college basketball coaches, who joined forces late last season to establish the greatest coaching “braintrust” in college basketball history. Headlining the group are seven coaches with National Championships on their resumes, John Wooden, Denny Crum, Nolan Richardson, Don Haskins, Joe B. Hall, Jerry Tarkanian and Jud Heathcote. Rounding out this legendary group are Gene Bartow, Dale Brown, Lou Carnesecca, Bobby Cremins, Lefty Driesell, Hugh Durham, Lou Henson and Norm Stewart.
In an effort to share their wealth of knowledge with basketball fans, players and coaches, the MBC will offer analysis and commentary through their Scout.com Web site (www.masterbasketballcoaches.com), which will serve as a hub for the group's activities.
Scout.com, a subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media, is one of the premier Internet Web sites providing sports content to college and professional sports fans throughout the world. It is an integrated sports publishing company consisting of two separate divisions that work closely together to deliver a unique and highly integrated Internet and print product offering. The Internet publishing division consists of a network of more than 300 Web sites with 3 million unique visitors per month that publish inside and exclusive content focusing on College, NFL, MLB, High School and other professional team sports. Scout Publishing is the Company’s print publishing division. It produces 48 of the most widely read independent college and professional team-focused magazines in the country. Scout Publishing magazines utilize the content and audience of Scout.com to develop, promote and market its editorially rich, high quality, “glossy” monthly magazines.
With a combined 17 national championships and 40 Final Four appearances, the Master Basketball Coaches will offer the type of insight and perspective only they can provide through interviews, articles, podcasts, blogs and Web chat sessions on the MBC's official Scout.com Web site. Basketball fans, players and coaches will be encouraged to participate in dialogue through the MBC forums provided on their Web site as well.
“This group’s knowledge and experience is second to none,” College of Charleston coach, Bobby Cremins said. “All of us love college basketball. It has been our lives and we still follow it very closely.” The MBC will meet via teleconference each week to discuss the hot topics and evaluate the state of the game.
Former Louisville great Denny Crum stated, “We all know college basketball, but what distinguishes us (MBC) from other commentators is that, by discussing each week’s events among our coaching group, we can bring greater focus to any basketball matter than any one of us could do by himself.”
UCLA legend John Wooden added, “When you get a group of accomplished people together like the Master Basketball Coaches, there is no question that you are going to learn a lot more than talking to any one individual. I think this group (MBC) will be tremendous and very helpful because you are getting coaches from all sections of the country providing insightful commentary.”
Master Basketball Coaches and their former affiliations:
Gene Bartow – Memphis, UCLA, UAB
Dale Brown - LSU
Lou Carnesecca - St. John's
Bobby Cremins - Georgia Tech, College of Charleston
Denny Crum - Louisville
Lefty Driesell - Maryland, James Madison, Georgia State
Hugh Durham - Florida State, Georgia, Jacksonville
Joe B. Hall - Kentucky
Don Haskins - UTEP (formerly Texas Western)
Jud Heathcote - Michigan State
Lou Henson - Illinois, New Mexico State
Nolan Richardson - Arkansas, Tulsa
Norm Stewart - Missouri
Jerry Tarkanian - UNLV, Fresno State
John Wooden - UCLA