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YOU BE THE COACH
Steve Rushin
December 02, 1996
THE BOARD GAME FOR HOOP HEADS OF ALL AGES, IN WHICH YOU TAKE A TEAM TO THE FINAL FOUR—OR GO DOWN IN FLAMES TRYING
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December 02, 1996

You Be The Coach

THE BOARD GAME FOR HOOP HEADS OF ALL AGES, IN WHICH YOU TAKE A TEAM TO THE FINAL FOUR—OR GO DOWN IN FLAMES TRYING

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You be the Coach is not the first parlor game based on college basketball. Before it, there were Trivial Pursuit (about the quest for an NIT championship), Sorry! (created by former Illinois coach Lou Henson's barber), Risk (contestants try to chat with Bob Knight), Clue (in which referees try to get one), Life (in which sportswriters try to get one), Monopoly (about the John Wooden years at UCLA) and charades (about the Jim Harrick years at UCLA).

With that in mind, You Be The Coach was originally developed as an NBA board game called Hubie The Coach. But the box-cover photograph of Hubie Brown frightened little children. So, You Be The Coach lets you be the coach of a Division I college basketball team. The game's object (like its subject) is simple: Players try to advance through the season to the Final Four in Indianapolis and win the national championship. Bear in mind that at the Semester Break, each contestant must roll the die and divide by two to determine his or her team's grade point average. And to win the title, a contestant must reach the final square on an exact roll of the die. (In both cases, an academic adviser may be appointed to help you with the math.)

Oh, and before you start, you need to provide a single die and small game pieces (e.g., a coin, a thimble, Texas coach Tom Penders). Good luck!

At Midnight Madness, flying cheerleader lands on your shooting guard. He is O.K. but the guard will be out for a month. Go back to Start.

You beat Kentucky in Great Alaska Shootout. Gain Eskimo-mentum. Roll again.

Congratulations!. You win home opener against St. Leo by 55 points. Advance two spaces.

Sorry! You lose home opener to Athletes in Action. Go back to Start

Your team craps out in Atlantic City Invitational, but gaming commission approves Your slot- machine license. Stay where you are.

Snow forecast causes you to cancel game against St. Joe's, but weather in Philly turns out to be sunny and 50 Back up three spaces.

Your senior center gets picked up for shoplifting at a 7-Eleven. Go back one space. His freshman replacement is 7'11". Advance three.

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