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Carnesecca banner hangs in Garden's rafters


Former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca (in a 1988 file photo) will be the first college person honored by having a banner raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden.
What a fantastic gesture down at Madison Square Garden!

It's so beautiful that former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca has been honored by the mecca of college basketball.

In a ceremony prior to Tuesday's game at MSG between the Red Storm and Connecticut, the Garden raised a banner depicting a St. John's jersey with the No. 526 -- his career win total.

Looie was a ballet artist on the sidelines, a Barishnikov with his antics. It's beautiful that the Garden has placed that banner up high, up in the rafters. He will be honored and remembered forever for his brilliant coaching at St. John's University.

His love and passion for the game was so unique and so special. He was not only known for his efforts at St. John's but also internationally through a variety of clinics and coaching of all-star traveling teams.

Looie poured his heart out with every possession. His heart and soul went into every shot taken by the Redmen/Red Storm players.

This man truly represented St. John's, as well as the game, in a special way. He is a Hall of Famer, enshrined in Springfield, Mass.

Knowing Looie and his love for New York and the Garden, nothing in the way of honors could make him feel better than this.

Looie was a ballet artist on the sidelines, a Barishnikov with his antics.

It will be great for him to stroll into Madison Square Garden now, take his seat, look up and see his banner flying high with the famous jerseys that have brought fame and honor to the Big Apple.

Congratulations, Looie.

It is a well-deserved salute to a man who meant so much in the evolution of the Big East. He was one of the key architects from the league's inception. He's a big-time winner, baby!

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