Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Connection to UCLA's Jim Nielsen

I recently was in L.A. visiting family, and we saw Richard Roth. His family has been friends with mine for as long as I can remember. Richard played basketball for Van Nuys High in the early 1980s and his coach was none other than Jim Nielsen, who played for UCLA against Houston in the Game of the Century. A piece of GOTC trivia, as documented in this online reprint of an article from The Sporting News, is that it was Nielsen's foul that sent UH's Elvin Hayes to the stripe for what turned out to be the two game-winning free throws. According to this 2001 article, Nielsen has remained in education, but in more recent years as an administrator. Richard noted that he still sees Nielsen about once a year at Bruin games.