Famed basketball coach Roy Williams pays tribute to Budig
FILE - In this March 27, 1993, file photo, Kansas coach Roy Williams raises his arms in victory after cutting a piece of the net after the NCAA Midwest Regional final in St. Louis. He was the guy that gave Roy Williams a chance, Williams told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)A Hall of Famer with three national championships and a familiar face at the Final Four, it would seem Roy Williams was destined for big things in basketball. He was the guy that gave Roy Williams a chance, Williams told The Associated Press. They wanted a high-profile coach and told Budig it would be a huge mistake to hire Williams.
Gene Budig, academic who ran American League, dies at 81
NEW YORK Gene Budig, the self-effacing educator and baseball fan from small-town Nebraska who became the head of three major universities and the last president of the American League, died Tuesday. Mixing his passion for academics and athletics at Kansas, Budig oversaw a smart move in 1988. Budig became an assistant professor of educational administration at Nebraska in 1967 and rose to full professor, assistant vice chancellor and assistant vice president and director of public affairs. He moved to Illinois State in 1972 as a vice president, dean and professor of educational administration and its youngest full professor. Budig is survived by his wife, Gretchen Van Bloom Budig, and three children: Christopher Budig, Mary Frances Budig and Kathryn Budig; sister Mary Ann Myers; brother Richard Budig; and five grandchildren.
AP WAS THERE: 2004 Athens Olympics
This story was transmitted in 2004 from the Athens Olympics. ___Bronze is the best the American mens basketball team can do, and the reason is simple: They were beaten by a better team, Argentina. NBA commissioner David Stern attended the third loss of the Athens Games for the Americans, who entered the tournament with a 109-2 record in prior Olympics. The Americans shot just 36 percent in the first half and didnt hit their first 3-pointer missing their first five until LeBron James made one 30 seconds before halftime. Argentina shot 54 percent overall and 11-for-22 from 3-point range, while the Americans finished just 32-for-77 (42 percent) and 3-for-11 on 3s.
Isiah Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice
FILE - In this May 11, 1994, file photo, Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas announces his retirement from basketball at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice. Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team the first Dream Team that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team the first Dream Team that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. I was definitely ready, and we all wanted to go and win and compete.So, Thomas missed his chance at Olympic gold. As someone who grew up impoverished on the west side of Chicago, hes not complaining about missed Olympic chances.