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Joe B. Hall, who grew up just 20 minutes north of the University of Kentucky campus in
Cynthiana, had the unenviable task of following the legendary Adolph Rupp, who was forced to
retire at age 70. But Hall, the former Rupp assistant, met the challenge head on, coaching three
teams to the Final Four (1975, '78 and '84) and winning the 1978 NCAA Championship, the
school's fifth title and first in 20 seasons.
Hall began his association with Kentucky as a student-athlete during the "Fabulous Five" era. He
played one year of junior varsity and one year of varsity basketball before transferring to the
University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he finished his eligibility and set a single-game
scoring record. Following his college career, Hall toured with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1951,
but later returned to UK and completed his degree requirements.
His coaching career began at Shepherdsville (ky.) High School in 1956. It continued on to Regis
College in Denver, where he spent five years (57-50 record), and Central Missouri State, where
he recorded a 19-6 mark in one season before returning to UK as an assistant to Rupp on July 1,
As the UK head coach, Hall won National Coach of the Year honors in 1978 and four SEC Coach of
the Year awards. He had seven players win All-America honors 11 times and nine Wildcats were
voted All-SEC on 18 occasions.
Hall's squads recorded a 172-62 (73.5%) record vs. SEC competition during the regular season,
winning eight SEC titles in 13 seasons and one league tournament championship in six tries.
While Coach Rupp witnessed 37 of his players drafted by the NBA, Hall saw 23 players drafted
during his 13-year tenure, five in the first round.
Denny Crum's low-key personality worked wonders on the collegiate level. A teacher and a
motivator, Crum annually built teams that play their best basketball at tournament time. After 30
seaons at Louisville, Crum retired on March 2, 2001, and had assembled a statistical package
that would make any coach jealous. The man known as "Cool Hand Luke" has patrolled the
sidelines at the University of Louisville for the since 1971, and the Cardinals were a dominant
college program, especially in the 1980s. Only three other coaches have coached more NCAA
Final Four teams than Crum, who has taken Louisville to six Final Fours (1972, 1975, 1980, 1982,
1983, 1986). Crum, who led Louisville to the 1980 and 1986 NCAA championship, was an
assistant under John Wooden at UCLA for three NCAA titles. In 1993, Crum became the second
fastest coach in history to win 500 games.
During his career, Crum has been named College Coach of the Year three times (1980, 1983,
1986), and has been Metro Conference Coach of the Year five times. Crum's record (675-295)
included 21 seasons with 20 or more wins, including 14 straight. He also compiled three
seasons of 30 or more victories. Crum retired as the 19th winningest coach in college basketball
history and 16th in Division I. His .696 winning percentage is 49th best in history. Crum coached
Louisville to 23 NCAA tournament appearances, including 19 in a 24-years stretch. Three of his
squads have participated in the NIT. Under Crum, the Cardinals have captured or shared 12
Metro Conference regular season titles and 11 post season tournament championships. He has
coached 28 players who have played in the NBA. On the international level, Crum coached the
1977 USA World University Team to a gold medal and the 1987 Pan American team to a silver
medal. Crum is a 1958 graduate of UCLA, where he played two seasons for Hall of Famer John
Wooden. He coached at Pierce Junior College (CA) for four seasons, and in 1968, became
Wooden's top assistant and chief recruiter until becoming head coach at Louisville in 1971.