Posts by Joseph Declan Moran

Season On The Cusp

One hundred years ago, Marquette’s third basketball season was canceled due to World War I. There were not enough players to fill out rosters on teams around the Midwest, including the Hilltoppers’, under head coach Jack Ryan, so the university decided there would be no basketball during the 1918-19 season. The uncertainty carried over into…

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Ode To Hank

It has been 18 years since Al McGuire left us for the dancing lights. Since then numerous members of the Marquette basketball family have passed on, including Bob Lackey, Larry McNeill, Pat Smith, Goran Raspudic, Maurice Lucas, Jay Whitehead, Gary Rosenberger, Bob Dukiet, Terry Rand, Dick Nixon, Marc Marotta, Ron Curry, Greg “The Pope” Johnson,…

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When Al McGuire Said Yes

Having worked in the real world for a few years after graduating from Marquette University in 1980, I was surprised that no book had ever been written about Al McGuire. Sure, there were plenty of newspaper and magazine stories, but no books. Here was one of the most colorful characters in the history of college…

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