Basketball pioneer Krause passes away

Former EWU coach succumbs to cancer at age 87

When Jerry Krause interviewed for the opening at Eastern Washington State College back in 1967, he was competing for the job with another newcomer to college basketball, Jud Heathcoate.

Athletic director Dave Holmes' decision was quite simple, Krause recalled in a 2008 Cheney Free Press story. "I had a Doctorate and he had a master's degree and that's the reason I got the job." Krause said.

"Now I tell him now that I kept you from being fired (at Eastern) and you kept me from coaching Magic Johnson - if we would have reversed roles," Krause said.

Heathcote of course later guided the Michigan S...


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