The rest of the story, star­ring TU's Pressey

Tulsa World - - Sports - Guerin Emig Sports colum­nist guerin.emig @tul­saworld.com

Not to chan­nel Paul Har­vey, but there is a “rest of the story” to Paul Pressey's Leg­ends Day ap­pear­ance at the Reynolds Cen­ter Satur­day.

This made me laugh

We cov­ered Pressey's de­ci­sion to join his West­ern Texas Ju­nior Col­lege coach Nolan Richard­son at Tulsa in Sun­day's col­umn. But how did Richard­son get Pressey from Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, to Sny­der, Texas, in 1978?

“Rob Evans, an as­sis­tant coach at Texas Tech, saw me play in a tour­na­ment in Nor­folk, Vir­ginia, and at the time I didn't have the grades to go to a D-I school,” Pressey said. “He knew Nolan at Sny­der. He fig­ured, `OK, I can place him here and we'd get him to come up the street to Tech.'” Whoops.

“Lo and be­hold, we went some­thing like 25-4 the first year,” Pressey said of that first sea­son with Richard­son at West­ern Texas. “The next year we're un­de­feated and we win it all (the na­tional ju­nior col­lege cham­pi­onship). Of course Nolan gets the job here, and (Evans) knew he didn't have a chance.”

There are no lin­ger­ing hard feel­ings.

“Me and Rob have been friends ever since,” Pressey said. “I told him, `Thank you for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to leave Rich­mond.' He said, `Paul, I was just do­ing my job. I was re­cruit­ing you to try get you to come to Tech.'”

This made me think

It was un­set­tling to see Josh Hen­son leave Ok­la­homa State last week

IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

For­mer Tulsa bas­ket­ball player Paul Pressey (left) and for­mer Tulsa coach Jim King talk dur­ing half­time of Satur­day's game against Tem­ple at the Reynolds Cen­ter. Pressey was in town for TU's Leg­ends Day cel­e­bra­tion.

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