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GOT TO DO SOME COACHIN'
Frank Deford
March 07, 1988
Nolan Richardson of Arkansas has seen a career of triumph nearly toppled by tragedy
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March 07, 1988

Got To Do Some Coachin'

Nolan Richardson of Arkansas has seen a career of triumph nearly toppled by tragedy

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NOLAN: O.K., now, baby, by the time I get back from recruiting in Baltimore, I want you feeling all well again. You get rid of this old bug.

(He hugs her, hugs Rose, picks up a suitcase and exits. Lights down. We hear a telephone ring, and when the lights come up, Nolan rushes in, puts down the suitcase and grabs the phone off a night table.)

NOLAN: Hello...Yes, this is Nolan Richardson...Oh, my...When's the funeral?...You tell Mr. Pollitt's children I'm leaving Baltimore right away. I'll be there.

(He hangs up the phone and bows his head. The lights fade. Across stage, lights come up on Rose, who is sitting in a chair. We hear a minister speaking.)

MINISTER'S VOICE: Oh, God, accept our prayers on behalf of the soul of Frank Pollitt, thy servant departed....

(Nolan enters, puts down his suitcase and overcoat. He has on a jacket and tie. Rose barely looks up.)

NOLAN: Well, I kept my promise. I was there to help lay him to rest. It wasn't easy. I only made the procession by an hour. I got a flight out of Baltimore all right, but there wasn't a seat out of Dallas for El Paso. I finally...Rose, did you hear me? Rose?

ROSE (slowly raising her head): I took Yvonne to the doctor today, and...(She lowers her head in her hands. Nolan rushes to her as she begins to sob.)

NOLAN: Rose? Rose!

(The stage goes dark.)

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