Afterward a bizarre scene occurred at courtside when Hall sat down for his postgame radio show. A couple of hundred fans, cheerleaders, reporters, cameramen and other vultures surrounded Hall, straining to hear if the rumor would become fact. Someone suggested sending up smoke rings Vatican-style to notify the people in the bleachers of the decision. After an interminable wait—it was 12:30 a.m. back in Kentucky—Hall said, "I looked around and decided I didn't want to be an old coach," confirming the end of his distinguished 13-year UK career at age 56.
"Pressure?" said Carnesecca, who's 60, when asked if he was ready to quit as well. "What pressure? I coached three years in the ABA. I'm going straight to heaven."