BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, Feb. 1, at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library, local journalist and talk-show host Jim Engster will interview former LSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dale Brown, along with LSU basketball superstar Rudy Macklin. The event will take place from 2-3 p.m. in the lecture hall of Hill Memorial Library, located on the LSU campus. This event is free and open to the public and will include a reception and Q&A following the talk.
The talk will end an hour before tip-off at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the LSU Tiger basketball team’s game against Arkansas, and will be a great way to learn more about LSU basketball history.
Macklin played at LSU between 1976 and 1981, and went on to play in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks. He is one of just for men’s basketball players to have his jersey retired by LSU. Under Head Coach Dale Brown, Macklin led LSU to the Final Four in 1981 and was named the SEC Player of the Year. Macklin retired from basketball to become a banker in Baton Rouge. He is also involved in the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Brown retired from LSU in 1997 after 25 years as men’s basketball coach. Leading teams to 17 consecutive non-losing seasons and to 15 straight national tournaments, Brown was named SEC Coach of the Year or runner up nine times, and was twice named National Basketball Coach of the Year. In his retirement, he has made numerous public appearances, speaking to groups of all kinds.
Engster, a widely respected journalist and interviewer, will interview Brown and Macklin and offer his insights into the rich and compelling history of LSU men’s basketball during the Macklin/Brown era. Engster’s in-depth knowledge of LSU sports, along with his lively interview style, will make for a fun afternoon.
LSU Libraries Special Collections Head Jessica Lacher-Feldman said her department is hosting this event because of the collection’s ties with LSU history and culture.
“LSU Libraries Special Collections is the epicenter of LSU’s history – anyone interested in aspects of the history of this campus and its people need to visit Hill Memorial Library,” she said. “This is a natural collaboration, and ties directly in to our work with University Archives, LSU History and oral history. This event will be a great way to spend part of your afternoon – and from the talk, we can all just walk over to the PMAC for the Arkansas game.”
Lacher-Feldman and Special Collections are also collaborating with Bud Johnson of the Andonie Museum and with Engster to share with a larger audience some of the stories that surround LSU basketball.
For more information, contact Hill Memorial Library at 225-578-6544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.