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Bob Cousy lore for you hoops-starved Eagles....

Interesting reading about Bob Cousy's reign as a coach.....

Anyone ever hear of the Cortside Club? Some frat should take this on and use it against the Cameron Crazies and other student sections with cool names. Also, year V disappointment with injuries, inconsistencies and loss of confidence. Even the greatest Celtic had similar experiences to SD at The Heights.

BCE74, how about selling some APPL shares and get this Courtside Club going to create a rowdy student section that intimidates even the most mature of teams?

The beginning was inauspicious. Cousy’s first season was a losing campaign. John Austin was the team, the spotlight. For the only time during the Cousy Reign, success depended entirely upon one individual. Much attention during Year I was focused on Cousy’s first personal recruits on the freshmen team. Year I had seen the institutionalization of the fast break and the full court press as the basketball way at BC.

Year II witnessed talented personnel and the Eagles’ first big man, Willie Wolters. Combining with Austin, Cousy’s men reeled off fourteen consecutive victories and received an NIT bid. Year II also gave BC a national image as the Eagles traveled west to Wisconsin, California, and Hawaii to exhibit their talents.

Year III produced a 22-5 record and a second straight NIT appearance, but losses in key games to Providence, St. Joe’s, and Villanova tarnished these accomplishments. To be supreme in the East, BC had to prove that they could beat these teams.

BC basketball came of age in year IV. All of the ingredients which comprise a top ten basketball team were for the first time in evidence. There was height, shooting, speed, power, and depth. There was big-time student support as the Courtside Club was born. The style of BC basketball has significantly altered from the one-on-one play of a John Austin to an Evans to Driscoll fast-break lay up.

The high point of the four year Reign was the progress made to College Park, Maryland, and the NCAA Eastern Regionals. The pre-season optimism and expectation which ushered in Year V of the Cousy Reign were transformed into disappointment and frustration due to key injuries, inconsistency, and the loss of confidence. Year V was partially redeemed, however, by a sparkling finish which resulted in a surprise NCAA bid.

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