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J. Samuel Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869123_walker

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The Revolt of the Also-Rans

The Revolt of the Also-Rans

(p.181) 6 The Revolt of the Also-Rans
ACC Basketball

J. Samuel Walker

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the time after Press Maravich departed for NC State, at which time he was replaced by his assistant, Bobby Roberts. Roberts had played basketball and baseball at Furman University. He compiled a record of 89-20 as a high school coach in South Carolina and joined the staff at Clemson in 1958. His freshman teams won 49 games against 20 losses over four seasons. After taking over as head coach, he built on the foundations that Maravich had established to elevate Clemson beyond mere respectability. Under his guidance, the Tigers achieved their first-ever winning records in the ACC. Roberts had a friendly, easygoing personality, but his coaching style was tough and demanding. He succeeded because he taught his teams to play with discipline and inspired them to play with enthusiasm.

Keywords:   Press Maravich, NC State, Bobby Roberts, Furman University, freshman teams

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