George Raveling left Lefty Driesell's Maryland staff 11 years ago to coach basketball at Washington State--a pioneering venture, then, for a black--and do they miss him in Pullman, Wash., now that he has moved to Iowa?
Enough to call him back from the Midwest for a farewell fete.
"You took a child and you made him a man," Raveling thanked a crowd of 500 in Spokane.
And forward Bryan Pollard, whose basket beat UCLA, 70-68, in Raveling's final home game, turned with welling eyes to the coach and said, "I never had a father image . . . until you. I'm going to miss you, and I love you, and I just wanted to come here so I can hug you" . . .
Now, in Iowa City, Raveling steps in where Lute Olson, gone to Arizona after nine years as Hawkeyes' coach, was so highly thought of that his $58,500 salary was supplemented (the Daily Iowan enumerates) by:
The Lute Olson Children's Education Trust Fund (founded in 1979 when USC sought Olson) to which donors pledged $100 a year for six years to help Olson's children through school (three of his five already had graduated from college).
* The Lute Olson Hawkeye Basketball Camp Inc., which turned a $71,000 profit in 1982.
* Part ownership of the Time Out Restaurant-Coaches Corner Lounge, near the new Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
* Some Iowa City land on which condominums were built after Olson sold the property.
* Life insurance stock.
* A Nike Shoe Co. contract.
"I won't say goodbye," Raveling told the Washington State folks. But hello! Iowa City.