In the latest installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with Alcorn State great Larry Smith, who remains one of the greatest players in the history of the SWAC. Smith, who was the head coach at Alcorn since 2008, is now the Director of Athletic Development at the school.
Jon Teitel: Your nickname was "Mr. Mean". Who gave it to you, and how did you like it?
Jon Teitel: Both your parents and your sister were all-state high school selections and your daughter Caroline recently finished her high school career playing for you.
Jon Teitel: You were nicknamed "The A-Train".
Jon Teitel: Why did you choose to go to Idaho?
Jon Teitel: Some of your nicknames were the "Mad Russian" and the "Renaissance Man". How did you get those nicknames, and which one did you like the most?
Jon Teitel: Why did you decide to go to North Texas?
Jon Teitel: At Ross Beatty (MI) HS you were a third team all-state split end, a standout baseball player, and a top-seeded tennis player. Which sport were you best at, and which 1 did you enjoy the most?
In the most recent installment in his "Forgotten Legends" interview series CHN writer Jon Teitel spent some time with College of Charleston great Thaddeous Delaney. In four years at the school Delaney blocked 203 shots (still the best in school history) while putting up scoring and rebounding numbers that still rank in the top five all-time. As a senior Delaney was one of the leaders on a team that went undefeated in the TAAC and won an NCAA Tournament game.
Jon Teitel: In 1971 you scored a career-high 57 points for Colbert County (AL) HS in a game against Muscle Shoals.
Jon Teitel: In 1971 at American you set school records with 34 rebounds and 13 blocks vs. Georgetown. What is your secret for rebounding, and what is your secret for blocking shots?