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Pacific 10 Conference dedicating basketball season to John Wooden [Updated]

October 28, 2010 | 10:29 am

John Wooden pyramid Pacific 10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday morning that the conference would dedicate its season to legendary UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden, who died in June at age 99.

The conference's awards for coach of the year, given to both the men's and women's top coaches, will be named in Wooden's honor.

The conference also will run a series of sportsmanship public-service announcements during its football and basketball broadcasts based on Wooden's famed pyramid of success.

[Updated, 11 a.m.: The conference will make a special in-game presentation to the Wooden family during the conference tournament at Staples Center. Wooden guided UCLA to 10 national championships and 620 victories.]

"What set him apart were his core values," Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar said.

-- Ben Bolch

Photo: Former UCLA player Keith Erickson delivers remarks at a memorial on June 26, 2010, for former UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden at Pauley Pavilion. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times