Wooden can't say no to autograph-seekers, so UCLA does it for him

UCLA is asking fans to leave former coach
John Wooden alone during home basketball games.

The 97-year-old coach is a popular draw at his seat behind the Bruins' bench, with people forming a line to get his autograph any
time he shows up.

The "no autographs" request was announced Wednesday by UCLA at the request of Wooden's family.

"It all wears on him," UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said. "He just wants to be able to come and enjoy the games."

Wooden gets around using a cane and is usually accompanied by his daughter. A lone security guard is on hand to keep the crowd

Coach Ben Howland said he suggested a year or two ago that fans be asked to leave Wooden in peace.

"It's long overdue," Howland said. "It's not an autograph signing session. He'd be there all day just doing that. He never
says no to anybody about anything."