By Ted Owens,Jim Krause,Jesse Tuel

this can be the inspirational tale of Ted Owens—still the trainer with the main wins within the heritage of Allen Fieldhouse—from becoming up as a boy on a cotton farm in Southwestern Oklahoma through the nice melancholy to training on the maximum degrees of the varsity basketball international. “At the tip of every day at the farm, we might gure the entire weight of the cotton we had pulled. We referred to as it the “hang-up,” says Owens. sooner or later, in a contest to determine who may possibly pull the main cotton, Owens used to be top his father, who then gave him the best lifestyles lesson: “It’s now not what you have got now that's very important, it’s what you've got on the hang-up.” He continually reminded Ted that despite your station in existence, even if encountering di culties or having fun with good fortune, you might want to by no means lose sight of your final targets. on the age of five, Owens made his rst basketball objective, lifting the basketball from among his legs in an underhand scooping movement. It used to be at that second that basketball turned his rst love, a sense he nonetheless embraces this present day. He went directly to play on the college of Oklahoma for Naismith corridor of popularity trainer Bruce Drake, and he witnessed the increase of nationwide championship courses led by way of soccer trainer Bud Wilkinson, wrestling trainer Port Robertson and baseball trainer Jack Baer. This publication is a narrative of the survival of a family members equipped upon love, sacri ce, and the significance of relatives power. The publication additionally stocks the ups and downs of establishing a training occupation and the story of training basketball on the college of Kansas for 19 seasons. Owens’ groups received 206 video games in Allen Fieldhouse, a host that also leads Roy Williams (201), invoice Self and Larry Brown. He coached the various era’s maximum gamers whereas top the Jayhawks opposed to corridor of status coaches Adolph Rupp, Joe Lapchick, Henry Iba, Dean Smith, Eddie Sutton, Bob Knight and John wood. The publication o ers little-known—and even unknown—insights into the personalities of those basketball giants. enjoying now within the fourth area of his lifestyles, Owens stocks what he has discovered, passing on his classes for all times and beautiful, never-before-told tales of his time because the Kansas Jayhawks head basketball trainer, as high-pressure a task as there's in American activities, one who simply 8 males have ever held.

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