View Full Version : Ray Mears

06-13-2007, 11:06 AM
Former Tennessee coach Ray Mears died the other day at thje age of 80. Mears was best known for his Bernard King-Ernie Grunfeld-"Bernie and Ernie teams."

Relevance to Duke? In December 1976 Tate Armstrong, Jim Spanarkel and freshman Mike Gminski traveled to Knoxville and knocked off the 15th-ranked Vols and Bernie and Ernie 81-78. First big, non-conference win in Foster's Duke tenure.

In a fair and just universe, this win would have presaged Duke's return to the postseason and would have helped propel Armstrong to All-America status. In the universe in which we live, Armstrong broke his wrist a few weeks later and Duke finished 14-13.

06-13-2007, 03:14 PM
Anybody remember big Tom Boerwinkle? Mears used to let him go in the pivot and do a globetrotter routine during warm-ups. Coach and player were both pretty out there for the time (mid to late '60s).