Mon
Jun 11 2007
03:18 pm
CBT's picture

Amen. Coach Mears was the

Amen.

Coach Mears was the first UT basketball coach I ever saw or knew about. I'm glad he's been honored the past few years and saw the return of Ernie and Bernie on the same night this past year.

The Barnum of Basketball. Some may come close, but there'll never be another quite like Ray Mears.

Opinari's picture

It is ironic that Coach

It is ironic that Coach mears died at a time when Big Orange basketball was in the midst of a resurrection. And I'm glad that Coach Mears got to see part of the Bruce Pearl era, complete with the return of Bernard King to the fold. Coach Mears was the first basketball coach I'd ever heard about, on the radio broadcasts in the 70's. How I wish I had been fortunate enough to have witnessed him coaching in person.

bill young's picture

The Coach

1.'66 beats 23-0 Kentucky;69-62
2.'67 wins in 3ot @ Miss State for SEC title;78-76
3.'69 goes to number 1 South Carolina;wins 55-54
4.'75 Big Orange-103 Kentucky-98
5.'77 last win beats Vandy;65-55

From the Rutlege Rifle;to the Ernie & Bernie Show;Oranges thrown @ him in Nashville;Hated in Lexington;Cooled off the Pistol;match-up zone;Big Orange Country.

Ray Mears was the best that ever wuz.

Bbeanster's picture

I loved Coach Mears. He

I loved Coach Mears.
He bought his tombstone years ago in cemetery on Sutherland (I forget the name of it). He had "BIG ORANGE COUNTRY" engraved on it. He also had it tattooed onto his wrist.

He was great.
Second only to Pat Summitt, who is the best that ever was or will be.

Rachel's picture

Ok, some of you old timers -

Ok, some of you old timers - who was the dude who used to ride the unicycle?

JaHu's picture

Ok, some of you old timers -

Ok, some of you old timers - who was the dude who used to ride the unicycle?

It was a player of the name of Roger Peltz, and he would ride it to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown".

I remembered him riding it during warm-ups, but I couldn't remember his name so I cheated and googled it.

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

Bbeanster's picture

Yep, it was Peltz. Friend of

Yep, it was Peltz.
Friend of mine used to date him. He had a comedy act in Vegas for awhile in the '80s.

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