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UCLA to unveil John Wooden statue outside Pauley Pavilion this month

Oct 14, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

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As part of a celebration to open the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion, the UCLA Bruins will unveil a statue of legendary head coach John Wooden on Oct. 26.

The statue will stand outside the stadium, which recently underwent $136 million in renovations.

“The statue is a monument to a man who touched countless lives and showed us what it means to lead with integrity, humility, compassion and commitment,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in a statement. “The legacy of the late Coach Wooden transcends athletics, our campus and the local community. I speak for many when I say with pride that his image will forever grace the main entrance to Pauley Pavilion.”

Members of Wooden’s family are expected to be in attendance to see the unveiling of the statue, which was paid for by boosters to the athletics program and created by sculptor Blair Buswell.

Buswell is known for her work creating busts of inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In his time as the head coach at UCLA, Wooden won 10 national championships in a 12-season span and amassed an overall record of 620-147.

The Bruins open their season on Nov. 9 against Indiana State, which in itself is a tribute to Wooden. During his time as a coach, UCLA and Indiana State were the only two programs for which he coached.

UCLA is still waiting on the eligibility rulings of two keys players, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad, who have not been granted initial clearance by the NCAA.

The team had a successful 3-0 trip to China in August, which showcased Anderson and fellow freshman Jordan Adams.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. imforbigblue - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    What kills me everybody calls coach Cal a check cheater but everybody knows wooden was the biggest cheater in college basketball but he gets honored and called one of the best coaches ever??

    • kingghidora - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      I really liked that stuff about how he led with integrity! LOLOL This statue is a monument to cheaters everywhere. Wooden is a disgrace and every championship he had should be vacated. Dozens of his players have admitted to taking illegal perks ranging from free clothes to cars to abortions for their girlfriends (a felony at the time BTW). And I see bozos giving you the thumbs down for daring to point out the truth.

      That’s ok. I know who won by cheating and who didn’t. Everyone knows Wooden cheated like crazy but they still build him up as some saint. A saint for Satan maybe. The guy CHEATED! He didn’t just cheat a little either. He had massive cheating. His whole program was built on cheating. But go ahead and kiss his rear all you losers with no morals. You’ll find out that the wages of sin are death at some point in your life. Just wait. It never fails.

      Walton has a book coming out. Walton has been very outspoken about the illegal perks they got at UCLA. He actually has integrity. For all you simpletons who don’t know it yet here’s a quote from none other than Bill Walton:

      ““If the UCLA teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s were subjected to the kind of scrutiny (other schools) have been, UCLA would probably have to forfeit about eight national championships and be on probation for the next 100 years.”

  2. kingghidora - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Keep clicking that downward thumb. It just proves what a lack of morals you have. These things about Wooden are not just suspected. They are written in stone. It did happen. But go ahead and talk about what maybe, might happen sometime in the future with Calipari and the Cats. Tell me, why do you think the media is so hard on UK with their hokey, don’t tell anyone your name but don’t you agree that Cal cheats “survey” but yet they give the known cheater John Wooden a clean slate and even call him “Saint” John? If you don’t see how sick that is you just don’t want to. It couldn’t be more obvious but they keep finding new suckers to believe their lies. Are you proud of being a stooge?

  3. imforbigblue - Oct 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Funny thing is every place that ppl say Cal cheated it was one of his players that cheated not him. Hell he was the one who turned in MB at Umass once he found out he took money.

    It was the NCAA’s fault that he gave up the FF at UM because they cleared rose to play and waited for the season to end for before they said he wasnt and made UM give all there wins. So how in the hell was it Cals fault he didnt know somebody took rose SATs in high school for him. You hate him because hes the best in college basketball and gets his pick of players and UK is back on top!

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