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They Call Me Big House.

By Clarence E. Gaines, with Clint Johnson * Pp. 256. Illustrated * Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair * $21.95, hardcover.

The coach they call Big House won 828 college basketball games, 12 conference championships, and the 1967 national championship, but the Hall of Famer would rather talk about his Winston-Salem State University teams' high graduation rates.

Winning games, building character, and crossing over the divide between black and white are the dominant themes of, They Call Me Big House. Though Gaines displays an impressive memory of individual games and almost every player who suited up for him, relatively little of his autobiography takes place on the court. It is as much a look at basketball history as it is a study of X's and O's.
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Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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