Friday, January 11, 2008

Former UH Players to Honor Coach Lewis as 40th Anniversary of GOTC Approaches

With the 40th anniversary of the GOTC just nine days away, what appears to be the closest thing to a commemoration of the historic event will be occurring tomorrow at UH. According to this article in the Houston Chronicle:

[Coach Tom] Penders will bring an 11-2 UH team to the Guy V. Lewis Court at Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday afternoon for a game against the Arizona Wildcats. Lewis will give up his usual spot in an upper-level box to sit courtside during the first half. He is 85, and he suffered a severe stroke nearly six years ago, so he doesn't get around so easily anymore.

A courtside seat is a must for Lewis to participate in the halftime ceremony planned in his honor. Former UH greats Elvin Hayes, Don Chaney and Otis Birdsong will be among those present to pay tribute to Lewis, who this past fall got inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Lewis won 592 games in 30 seasons at his alma mater, leading 14 teams to the NCAA Tournament and five to the Final Four.

Hayes and Chaney, of course, played in the 1968 classic against UCLA (with Hayes scoring 39 points), and Lewis was the Cougar coach at the time. Birdsong played for UH in the mid-1970s.