Monthly Archives: August 2005
Bob Huggins resigned as the coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats this week.
Huggins was 11-1 in the NCAA Tournament for a record 91.7 winning percentage.
He finished his UC tenure with a 399-127 record and .759 winning percentage, won 245 more games than George Smith, who ranks second on UC’s career victories list.
He was a fixture in Cincinnati in his 16 seasons at UC – a stretch during which the Reds had 10 managers, the Bengals had five head coaches and Xavier had four men’s basketball head coaches.
What Huggins accomplished at UC is even more impressive in light of the fact that he took over a program in 1989 that hadn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1977 and had been decimated by an NCAA probation.
Huggins led UC to NIT berths in his first two seasons and an NCAA Tournament Final Four in his third – rekindling interest in a program that had seen its fan base shrivel under former coaches Ed Badger and Tony Yates.
That trip to the Final Four began a run of 14 straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the Bearcats – the country’s third-longest current run – and re-established UC as one of the nation’s top programs.
Huggins’ UC teams made two other Elite Eight appearances, won eight conference tournament titles and 10 conference regular-season titles.
But Huggins was more than a successful basketball coach. He became a fixture in the community with a laid-back, everyman personality that made him accessible to fans. And he rarely turned down a charity request.
Bob Huggins will be missed!
EBONY/JET/FASHION FAIR COSMETICS FOUNDER LEAVES HISTORIC LEGACY
John H. Johnson, founder, publisher and chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., died August 8 in Chicago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 87. Johnson was the founder of a major international media and cosmetics empire that includes EBONY and JET magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and EBONY Fashion Fair. It is the No. 1 African-American publishing company in the world founded in 1942.
Mr. Johnson borrowed $500 on his mother’s furniture and created a publishing and cosmetics empire is credited as one of the major trailblazers and he is recognized as the founder of the African-American consumer market. The founder and publisher succumbed after an extended illness on the 60th anniversary of EBONY magazine, which, under his leadership, has been the biggest Black-owned magazine in the world for 60 straight years. In 2002, Johnson named Linda Johnson Rice, the chief operating officer, CEO of the company, but retained the title of chairman and publisher until his death.
John Johnson to me was one of the most brilliant businessman of the 20th century.
In his autobiography, Succeeding Against the Odds, Mr. Johnson said, "I believe that the only failure is failing to try…and if my life has meaning…it is because millions of Americans, Black and White, have proved through me that the Dream is still alive and well and working in America."
John H. Johnson
Publisher and Chairman