March 2, 2017
John McLendon NAIA victory celebration.
Kentucky’s John Calipari, KU coach Bill Self and more than 30 other college basketball coaches announced Monday the creation of a minority leadership initiative that carries the name of former KU pioneer John McLendon. By Matt Tait
In decades of coaching basketball — at the high school, college, pro and international levels, including championship wins — John McLendon never got a technical foul. The approximately 5-foot-6-inch African-American gentleman known to some as “Little Coach” was softspoken, deeply humble and never cursed. But that demeanor belied a grit that drove McLendon to be one of the most groundbreaking coaches in basketball history.