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UCLA's famed coach John Wooden dies at age 99

June 4, 2010 |  7:14 pm

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, whose teams won seven consecutive NCAA championships and had a record winning streak of 88 games, died Friday. He was 99.

Known as the "Wizard of Westwood," Wooden coached for 27 years at UCLA before retiring after winning his 10th NCAA title in 1975. His Bruin teams had a record 620 wins and 147 losses.

Wooden, known for his colorful statements, once said: "Talent is God given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self given; be careful."

--Robert J. Lopez