Russ Smith last spoke with his former high school coach, Jack Curran, less than three weeks ago. They talked about how well Smith had been playing for Louisville this season.
Syracuse and Georgetown, one more heavyweight clash in Madison Square Garden. Two original Big East titans toe-to-toe on the New York stage. Jim Boeheim. John Thompson III. One … last … time.
Anderson broke down when reflecting on how hard — make that impossible — it was to get a compliment out of his mentor, who died Thursday at 82.
Jack Curran, among the nation’s winningest high school coaches in basketball and baseball, has died.