Category: Floor Burns and Flashbacks

Bruce Coldren’s passing recalls one golden afternoon

  If somebody posed the question of who was the most decorated, memorable Kamikaze Kid, the debate wouldn’t be a long one: It was Ronnie Lee, all day, every day.   But the discussion over who turned in the greatest one-game performance during that seven-year stretch is a little...

From (near) perfect Pennmanship to Kamikaze chaos, Bilsky saw it all

  For Steve Bilsky, the night of April 5 brought back memories. And not all of them good ones.   That was the occasion when Gonzaga took its season-long undefeated streak into the national-championship basketball game against Baylor, and came out of it with its first defeat of the...

Golden anniversary: Harter’s hiring signaled a gilded era

  Tuesday marks a momentous anniversary in the history of University of Oregon athletics. It was on April 20, 1971 – fifty years ago — that the Eugene Register-Guard and the Portland newspapers revealed that a new men’s basketball coach was coming to the Ducks: A fellow named Dick...

50 years ago, the next Oregon coach would be Harter (eventually, anyway)

  Saturday marked an anniversary of sorts: It was 50 years ago, also on a Saturday, that Oregon ended its 1970-71 basketball season with a 71-65 victory over Oregon State behind 30 points from Stan Love in his final game. And thus began a trudge toward a monumental hire...

Little was anything but to the Kamikaze Kids

  Back in 2002, the Pac-12 Conference established its Hall of Honor – a pantheon of its top basketball players, one per school annually. Then, curiously, in 2018, it decided to begin including athletes from all sports, which makes the Hall a totally different beast, suddenly opening its eligibility...

On making the extra pass

  Make the extra pass, they always tell basketball players. You’ll get a better shot. The offense will be enhanced.   There’s a journalistic parallel, and I can attest. On more than one occasion writing daily-newspaper sports over 45 years, I’ve had plenty to do an adequate story. And...

From breakfast, a book emerges

It began over eggs and hash browns at a nondescript eatery in Corvallis. “So,” I prodded Rick Coutin, “you’ve got to tell us about the night Dick Harter tripped you.” Thus launched the seed for “Mad Hoops,” my just-released chronicle of the most controversial basketball program in the history...