Lou & Loren: The podcast

Lou & Loren: The podcast

How does Lou Henson want to be remembered?

"Just as a pretty good basketball coach and a nice guy," the 85-year-old Hall of Fame coach told longtime friend Loren Tate during a recent 30-minute conversation that kicks off a podcast project of ours.

Lou on ...

— The gumption it took to call Bob Knight a "classic bully" during a postgame run-in after the Illini beat Indiana: "I had two big policemen on both sides of me."

— Why he retired as UI coach in 1996: "We just couldn't recruit."

— His reception when he took the UI job in 1975: "The top coaches in the state, they wanted a high school coach to take this job. When I came in, they were mad. Everybody all over the state was mad."

— His decision to stick with the Illini: "I didn't get any big offers." He was contacted by the Houston Rockets at one point, but turned them down. "It wouldn't make any difference because I was going to stay at Illinois."

Listen to their conversation here.

Drop Lou a note here.



News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments