Hartford Courant - Day after Phelan's Final Game

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Right Time To Go For A Tie -7fi rn ir-lMi " - - .Vv. JEFF JACOBS EMMITSBURG,Md.-Hehad planned to wear the red bow tie exactly four years ago Saturday night Howie Dickenman had pushed Central Connecticut to the 1999 Northeast Conference final at Wagner, and as he reached into the vest pocket of his suit jacket, he was sure he felt the heart of coaching. A victory would have put the Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the school's Division I history. Central students, the athletic department and alumni, so accustomed of being buried in UConn's shadow, were giddy with the possibilities. Dickenman was tense, emotional He fingered one of the 57 bow ties his mom had made for his dad decades earlier and presented to her son in a magical box after he died. Howard Dickenman had made the red bow tie his trademark in 21 years of coaching basketball at Norwich Free Academy, and on the verge of the biggest moment of his head coaching career, his son thought it would be a fitting tribute to wear one on this special night But then Dickenman allowed his fingers to slip from the red fabric. It wouldn't be right Dickenman decided, it just wouldn't be right The man he was coaching against Jim Phelan, had made the bow tie a national symbol for what is right and enduring about coaching college basketball. Phelan was playing for a landmark 800th career victory. ESPN cameras were squeezed into the tight Staten Island gym and Dickenman didn't want people in faraway states, unaware of his own history, to think he was in any way showing up the gentlemanly septuagenarian. Central, it turns out, was beaten soundly, and Phelan advanced to the PLEASE SEE JACOBS, PAGE E3 PHELAN Most College Basketball Wins 879 Dean Smith 876 ' Adolph Rupp 830 Jim Phelan r 828 Clarence Gaines ; 803 Bob Knight

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  1. Hartford Courant,
  2. 02 Mar 2003, Sun,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 61

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