CBS Sports Presents : Stories From the Final Four by Matt Fulks
By Matt Fulks
Reporters who've lined the NCAA event often called March insanity over the last 25 years proportion their reports and critiques during this selection of brief tales.
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To An Beard, Bob Snodgrass and the rest of Addax Publishing, for keeping me on a straight course, and helping this become "our" project. Also, to Trey, Tom and Brian at Hakan & Associates, CBS Sports' Exclusive Licensing Agency. Special thanks to Melissa Caito, Dennis Cryder and Tom Jernstedt with the NCAA as well as Eric Barnhart, Marc Kidd and Jim Host of Host Communications. To Barry Landes; Don McLaughlin; John and Alicia Wood; MoJo and Jelaine; PKing; Gig; Tom Lawrence; Wiss; Kevin and Sarah Oats; my in-laws, Todd and Pat Burwell; my parents, Fred and Sharon; my brother Josh; my daughter, Helen, who has been subjected to more Veggie Tales and Teletubby videos the past few weeks than any one child needs to be; and my best friend, Libby, who puts up with my writing quirks and Elvis habits .
Toward the coaches, he was politely disobedient. Wilt was a great shooter if he could bounce the ball on the floor, turn around and shoot it. Our coaching staff knew that at the college level the defenders weren't going to let him do that, so we wanted him to be able to spin around and go strong toward the basket. Wilt was resistant to that kind of change. Anytime someone tries to change behavior, or change physically how they shoot a ball, they need to realize that there could be some failure along the way.
The obvious outpouring of emotion for him, and vice versa, that afternoon dispelled any thoughts that might have existed in his mind about that, and healed any rift there may have been. It was sensational. We are all so grateful that the big guy did come back to Kansas before his untimely death. He will surely be missed. Jerry Waugh I never thought the Kansas Jayhawks were going to lose in that championship game to North Carolina in 1957. In our semifinal game with San Francisco, the Dons opened up the game and we beat the blood out of them.