The rest of the story, starring TU's Pressey
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
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.