Those who wish to interpret Iba's willingness to forswear his old principles about defense as a sign of mellowing should be on notice, too. Henry Iba still does not care to go around the country making people happy by losing. That never was and still is not a cheerful experience for OSU players. "You might get a Hershey bar on the way home," said Wilbur (Sparky) Stalcup, who played for Iba between 1929 and 1931 and is now the assistant athletic director at Missouri, "or you might not. No dinner. And I bet his disposition isn't any better now. We were coming back once after getting beat, in this old bus, and the kid who was driving—Henry was a menace behind the wheel—told the coach we needed gas. 'You're the driver, period,' Henry told him. 'I'll tell you when we need gas.' Five miles later the motor coughed, gurgled and quit. 'O.K., kid,' said Henry. 'Now I'm the driver. All of you, out. And push.'
"But don't let anyone ever tell you we didn't think highly of him. I'll tell you something about Henry Iba. He won't listen to a single bad word about any kid who ever played basketball for him. I once raised a question about one of his old boys, and Henry looked me straight in the eye and said: 'Wilbur, he played for us, didn't he?' "