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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, January 15, 1961, Image 126

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Businessman, office worker, housewife—today everybody fights tension. Meet a man
who’s right in the front line of the battle—and learn his four tested rules
By FORREST (Forddy) ANDERSON ...with ai stump
Basketball coach, Michigan State University
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EAST LANSING, MICH.
One night in Peoria, 111., where I was coaching
basketball for Bradley University, I tore off
my coat and flung it into the crowd behind me. It
landed in a nice drape over the head of the mayor
of Peoria.
That may sound crazy to you, especially if you’re
not a basketball fan. But it’s even crazier than that
because I swear I never realized what I’d done
till they told me about it after the game. You see,
my team had just had two fouls called that came
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close to costing us a cliffhanger game with Indiana.
We pulled through, 64-62, they led me off the court,
and I even got my coat back. But my wild behavior
shows you what basketball is like from the inside.
It’s a terrific, wildly exciting, tension-ridden game
—and I love it. Furthermore I’ve learned to live
with it. And I believe that some of the things I’ve
found out in my fight to be a successful coach and
keep my sanity might help you. Tension, I hear, is
a pretty universal problem today.
That coat-throwing thing happened nine years
ago. Today I coach at Michigan State University
in the Big Ten, which we like to think is the
toughest league in college sports. The tension,
believe me, is terrific. And while a baseball manager
can go get a drink of water or kick the batrack, and
a football coach can pace back and forth along his
15-yard sideline area, a basketball coach is con
fined to the bench.
I see coaches who fly into rages, imitate Jumping
Jacks and even suffer heart attacks. One Big Ten
coach, unable to wait for the end of a battle in
THIS WEEK Magailn. / January IS, IMI

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