Al McGuire

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Al McGuire (born in September 7, 1928 in New York City - died January 26, 2001 in Milwaukee) coached the Marquette University Men's Basketball team from 1964-1977. He compiled impressive numbers throughout his coaching career, resulting in his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, and was also well-known for his colorful personality.


  • "The world is run by C-students"
  • "Winning is only important in war and surgery," he said in 1975. A year later came another classic: "They call me eccentric. They used to call me nuts. I haven't changed."
  • "I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes."
  • I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.
  • When asked "How do you know a restaurant has good chili?" McGuire's answer, "If the waitress has dirty ankles, the chili is good."
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