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Denny Crum
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Basketball Coach
    (March 2, 1937- )
    Born in San Fernando, California
    Birth name was Denzil Crum
    Men's basketball coach at the University of Louisville (1971-2001)
    675-295 record
    Two NCAA titles (1980,1986)
    Three-time National Coach of the Year (1980,1983,1986)
    Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1994)
    Late in his career, he was criticized for not adapting his offense for the three-point shot.
    His players had poor graduation rates: from 1988-98 only 27% of players graduated, compared to the Division 1 average of 44%.
    He insisted his retirement from Louisville was his own decision, but he was rumored to have been pressured to leave to make way for Rick Pitino.
    He got so into internet poker that he once started playing at 10:30 in the morning and kept at it until 3:30 the next morning.
    He was the first rookie coach to lead his team to the Final Four (1972).
    He pioneered scheduling tough non-conference match-ups early in the season in order to prepare his teams for the NCAA tournament in March.
    Nicknamed 'Cool Hand Luke' for his calm demeanor, he said, 'I learned from Coach Wooden not to yell or scream at players. If you get the right kind of kids who want to win, they should push themselves.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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