Usually, when a college hoops coach compiles a 52-9 record over two years — with a Final Four appearance to boot — a school is throwing an extension at him. But not when that school is UCLA, and the coach is following John Wooden. Gene Bartow took over for the Wizard of Westwood in 1975; Wooden had just finished a remarkable run of eight championships in nine years (overall, Wooden won 10 titles). Despite Bartow’s winning record, he failed to win a championship, and tired of all the pressure. “After two years, he was gaunt and pale and he refused to read the Los Angeles newspapers or listen to the radio because there was so much negativity,” one of his former players, Marques Johnson, told the Los Angeles Times. In 1977, Bartow left Westwood to start the athletic program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In 18 seasons as hoops coach, he led UAB to ten NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 1982.
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