Here's an all-timer from the "Learn Something New Every Day" file: Dick Enberg, legendary CBS broadcaster, has a taste for the theater. But that doesn't tell the half of it. No, Enberg actually wrote a play about former Marquette coach and fellow CBS hoops broadcaster Al McGuire. Somehow, I went five years without ever encountering this piece of information. I am not particularly happy about that.
The play, entitled "Coach: The Untold Story of College Basketball Legend Al McGuire," debuted at Marquette in 2005 and has been on the road ever since. It has starred longtime TV mainstay Cotter Smith in the role of McGuire, and it has drawn favorable reviews for its accurate portrayal of McGuire's outsized personality, career and life. McGuire passed away in 2001 after a battle with leukemia.
Why the mention now? Rush The Court alerts to this rather interesting fact today thanks to two upcoming performances. "Coach" will be on the road at Belmont Abbey College on Oct. 9 and at Indiana University on Oct. 23. Belmont was the site of McGuire's first head coaching gig; Indiana was where Enberg went to earn his master's and doctor's degrees.
Anyway, yeah. If you're around Indiana or Belmont Abbey in the coming weeks, and you have interest in seeing a play about a former basketball coach written by one of the all-time broadcasting greats, "Coach" sounds right up your alley. I'm still kind of baffled -- in a good way -- that such a play exists in the first place.