I saw this blurb in the Times tonight. It made me wonder about your opinions of him.
For me, I grew up loving UCLA basketball. I'm not a bandwagon type either because if the Huskies aren't playing, I'm cheering for UCLA. I've heard stories about how he assembled his teams but I don't know what's true and what's not. That, and the old days were a lot different than they are now for all teams.
I think my most significant memory is when I was supposed to be learning how to play steel guitar from my grandmother. She was good, but I couldn't take my eyes off the Notre Dame/UCLA game that, I think ended their streak. It showed me how much could be done in a very short time, that's for sure. I went on to play the trombone and when I could get drunk enough, scream Ted Nugent and AC/DC lyrics, so my musical career wasn't a total waste.
What I admire most is the way he's carried himself after he retired. A very classy guy.