Back from the U.S.S.R. to Folgers U.S.A.
The reign of the U.S.S.R. is long gone, of course, the nation of Russia having reclaimed its old heritage. Overton called it home, or at least where he hung his hat.
The Folgers homecoming for Overton came after a year in Kursk, Russia, just up the road from the current uproar in Ukraine. The Ada great’s coaching stops — 13 teams, three other countries — are the stuff that non-fiction best-sellers are made of.
Many anecdotes from Overton, the world-traveling coach, were fresh but from far away — his women's teams in Kursk, Russia, the national team of China and the 2012 Olympics in London and his team in Shenyang, the Liaoning Hengye of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association.
Not home in the dome
Actually, the CAC bore no memories for either legend or their old coach. Neither played in the relatively new gym. They did not even play in the old Ada Junior High gym that housed Cougar basketball until the CAC was built. They played in the early days of the Kerr Dome on the ECU campus.
Kilby, too, saw little competition in the AJH gym. Like Overton and Taylor before him, he was quickly kidnapped from the ninth-grade team.
In the CAC, on the wall in the upper level hung tributes to the glories of the past. Alongside portraits of Ada All-State ladies and University of Oklahoma stars La’Neishea Caufield and Caton Hill hung a single homage to the boys, one set of the wild and crazy big stripes warmup of the '70s.
“We certainly did wear those striped warm-ups, but I doubt those belonged to Bo. They could have been anyone’s,” Ron Anderson mused.
FYI, the stripes and stars, La’Neishea and Caton, have been moved to the hospitality room in the CAC.