Watching on her television in Amherst, Rita Leaman smiled as Louisville celebrated its national championship Monday.
Nine years after her husband, Jack Leaman, died and 24 years after he coached his final men's basketball game at the University of Massachusetts, his influence was still being felt.
The last two NCAA championships have his finger prints on them. Kentucky coach John Calipari, whom Leaman befriended and mentored, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who played for Leaman at UMass, have coached the last two title-wining squads.
Read the full story by Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette