Mike Strange: Rodney Woods carries on Ray Mears' lessons

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Rodney Woods’ office at Wayne County High School in Monticello, Ky., is filled with Tennessee references, including a slogan from coach Ray Mears.

Mike Strange/News Sentinel Rodney Woods’ office at Wayne County High School in Monticello, Ky., is filled with Tennessee references, including a slogan from coach Ray Mears.

MONTICELLO, Ky. — The game of basketball has created an interstate duality for Rodney Woods.

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Plasticman85 writes:

That's great to see Rodney Woods honored like that. I have some great memories as a kid watching him play alongside some other Tenn legends like King, Grunfeld, Jackson, Edwards. It's too bad the SEC champion was the only team that got to play in the NCAA tourney back then and a first round game was against great competition like The thrilling OT loss to Syracuse.

TommyJack writes:

Great article

wigmeister writes:

This article was terrific!

johnlg00 writes:

Lots of folks would have been better off in life for ever being in a position to benefit from pretty much anything Ray Mears chose to talk about. Some deride Mears as too much a "system" coach who limited his players' creativity. He was brilliant at finding players who filled designated roles and drilled them relentlessly in those roles. As long as everybody was on the same page, they were dictating and, as often as not, winning games against all kinds of teams. Mears always had a plan to take the opposition out of whatever their favorite thing was to do. He made teams beat him in ways they were unaccustomed to playing, and were rarely able to exploit whatever they thought was their main strength. He was a coach. Woods may be another such on his own level.

ChesterDrawers writes:

These are the type of articles I enjoy ever so often in GoVolsXtra. Well done Mike, and I hope we see these type articles on former Vol athletes more often.

VibrantVol writes:

Coach Mears was a mentor & friend to me. Few ever got close to him. I was fortunate to have done so. The principles he taught me are still ones I follow to this day.

Rodney Woods will be the featured speaker at the Big Orange Tipoff Club luncheon at Noon at Calhoun's on the River on Wednesday, January 22, the same day we play Arkansas at home. The public is invited to attend & see & hear him. He was a classmate of mine at UT.

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