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25 years ago: KU coach search narrows to three candidates

July 7, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 7, 1988:

In the wake of Larry Brown's departure for the NBA, Kansas University was still searching for a new men's basketball coach. Three names were currently at the top of the list of possibilities: Gene Bartow of Alabama-Birmingham, Roy Williams of North Carolina, and Paul Westhead of Loyola-Marymount. Bartow was believed to be one of three candidates recommended by Larry Brown, with the two others (Gary Williams of Ohio State and Charlie Spoonhour of Southwest Missouri State) having now pulled themselves out of running. Westhead had been head coach at Loyola-Marymount for the past three seasons and had additional head coaching experience at LaSalle and the NBA. Williams, the youngest of the three by at least ten years, was mentioned as having served as assistant coach at North Carolina for the last ten years, with "his only head coaching experience ... at a North Carolina high school."

Movies showing in Lawrence theaters this weekend included "Big," starring Tom Hanks; Sean Connery and Mark Harmon in "The Presidio," Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in "Big Business," and Chevy Chase in "Funny Farm." Also showing this week were "Red Heat," "Willow," "Short Circuit 2," "Coming to America," "Arthur 2," "Bull Durham," "Phantasm II," "License to Drive," and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Bands appearing at local venues included Trip Shakespeare and Random Aztec, Crossfire, Borderline Country, Arnie Johnson & The Midnight Special, and Country Gold.

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