Moran's own style was back-to-basics: posting, pivoting, positioning and boxing out. And if that didn't satisfy oldtimers, he had a special game-day crewcut with long sideburns. "This is the haircut they wore in the '40s," he said later. "Hey, Dolph Schayes wore it." Schayes himself was sporting the elegant razor cut of a middle-aged businessman.
The slogan around NYU these days is THE TRADITION CONTINUES. Well, not precisely. In its heyday, NYU played its varsity games before sellout crowds at the old Madison Square Garden. "It was everyone's dream," says Tanenbaum. "There was little TV then, and this was the entertainment of the century."
Today's scene is much different. The Violets play in their gym—new but modest. Division III schools grant no athletic scholarships, and tuition plus room and board at NYU runs to more than $11,000 a year. But the 1983 Violets are as close and cohesive as their predecessors.
All 16 players hail either from New York City or its suburbs, and 12 came up through the parochial school system. "People wonder how we blend," says Guard Mike McMillan. "Well, seven of us played in the Brooklyn- Queens division of the parochial school league. We've been competing since grammar school."
The cohesiveness apparently extends beyond the players and out to the university as a whole. Says NYU Chancellor Jay Oliva, "Bringing back basketball was important to us. This is such a centrifugal school. Many forces pull us apart; basketball brings us together."
Just ask David Brooks, NYU '85, and Sid Tanenbaum, NYU '47.