Abe Lemons (deceased) the king of the one-liners served as the University of Texas basketball coach from 1977 to 1982. He won over 100 games for the Longhorns (110-63) and led his teams to the 1978 & 1979 SWC titles. Although he led Texas to the 1979 NCAA tournament, his greatest season in Austin culminated with the 1978 NIT Championship with a 101-93 victory over North Carolina State in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lemons tutored great players in Austin like Johnny Moore and the Longhorns first NBA 1st round draft pick LaSalle Thompson. His first job in the Lone Star state came at the University of Texas Pan-American from 1973-1976 where he compiled a stellar 55-16 record. During Lemons' 34 year coaching career he compiled a 599-343 record. Most of those seasons came at Oklahoma City University from 1955-1973 and again from 1983-1990. Lemons was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2008.

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