Dec. 20, 1963

After three losses, Bob Cousy enjoyed his first win as a coach as Boston College.

Well, to say he enjoyed it might be a stretch. He and his 0-3 Eagles made the long bus ride to Waterville, Maine to take on Colby. A crowd in the vicinity of 1,500 packed the Mules’ little gym to see the former Boston Celtics great coach BC to a 97-80 win.

BC never trailed, scoring seven of the game’s first eight points, building a lead that went as high as 24 points.

Cousy built a solid program at BC in his six seasons at Chestnut Hill, winning 114 games with just 38 losses. He was twice chosen as the New England Coach of the Year, making three trips to the NIT (when making it to the NIT was still considered a major accomplishment) and a trip to the NCAA regional finals.

Cousy never considered college coaching a long-term career option. The Cincinnati Royals tossed him a boatload of money – “They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Cousy said later – and he became a player-coach.

After just seven games, Cousy became a full-time coach. The Royals franchise was never known for its stability – it moved to Cincinnati from Rochester, NY, played some games in Dayton and Cleveland, became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972, and moved to Sacramento in 1985.

Cousy jumped off the train in 1973.