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Over 34 remarkable years, Robert Luther “Lute” Olson won 73.1% of his games as a Division I basketball coach. He accumulated 776 victories, 23 NCAA Tournament appearances in a row (and 28 overall), five Final Fours and the 1997 national championship.
Yet several former players who were part of the point to a different Olson coaching statistic that is among his most remarkable.
Zero swear words. At least that anyone’s sure about.
That was the tally according to Mike “Tree” Henry and Bobby Hansen, although Steve Waite and Vince Brookins may have heard Olson’s one debatable slip of the tongue.
But their message was unified: That Olson brought a calming influence, a classy decorum and a calculated style