Purdue basketball legend Gene Keady gets street named after him


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One of the biggest names in Purdue Basketball history in Gene Keady. The Purdue basketball court in West Lafayette, Indiana is actually named “Gene Keady Court.” One of the most successful coaches in Purdue basketball history and an icon of the sport, Keady had a street named after him today in Kansas.

His bosom buddy and fellow branch in the same coaching tree Steve Lavin tweeted this just now.

Coach Lav obviously leads the St. John’s college basketball program today.mKeady’s main roles as an assistant to Lavin are breaking down game film and serving as a bench coach on game days. Gene Keady has worked as an analyst for the Big Ten Network since 2007. He still sporadically appears as a commentator today. Although Keady always appeared angry on television during his coaching days, (at least the cameras always seemed to catch him only at his surly moments) Keady is truly a “man of the people.” He was super cool and affable whenever I have met him in person. Remind me that I have a great off the record Big Ten Media party story regarding one of his one-liners.

Keady hails from Kansas and attended Kansas State University. Keady attends Purdue basketball home games on a regular basis. In his 25 years leading Purdue basketball, from 1980 to 2005, he acquired 550 wins, 262 in the Big Ten. In the NCAA Tournament he reached the sweet 16 five times and the Elite 8 twice.

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