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Basketball success story

February 7, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Bob Hurley Sr., one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the country, makes his players sign a 19-item contract. The list covers curfew (10 p.m. school nights; midnights on weekends), dress, jewelry, no tattoos, short haircuts, no facial hair. “It’s a benevolent dictatorship,” Hurley, 63, head coach at St. Anthony (NJ) High School for nearly 40 years, told Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe. “The ACLU may have a problem with it, but it works. “Mel Brooks was right, ‘It’s good to be king.’” “King Bob” has turned out 23 state and three national champions. He was recently inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where the St. Anthony’s players attended the ceremony and received a personal chat from Charles Barkley. “He told them to make sure to get a good education, ‘cause we’ve got enough dumb people in the world,” Hurley said. I became a big Bob Hurley fan after reading “The Miracle of St. Anthony” where author Andrew Wojnarski followed the team for a season ...



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