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UCLA unveils Wooden statue

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012

The stern gaze behind black-rimmed glasses, arms crossed, rolled-up program tucked under his arm. John Wooden is now standing vigil outside Pauley Pavilion. UCLA unveiled an 8-foot bronze statue of the late revered coach on Friday outside its newly renovated arena on the Westwood campus. Wooden’s family members, who were consulted by sculptor Blair Buswell, were pleased with how the nearly 400-pound tribute turned out after a few tweaks suggested by Wooden’s daughter, Nan. “The ears weren’t quite right,” she said, noting her father’s right earlobe was slightly longer than his left. She also had Buswell smooth out the area under her father’s arms and jacket that made it look as though the trim coach had a pot belly. – AP



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