Abe Lemons, among college basketball’s most colorful coaches, once was forced against his will to coach track and field.
Nothing to it, he said disdainfully: “I just tell (the runners) to keep to their left and hurry back.”
Lemons, who died in 2002, wasn’t around to watch the University of New Mexico sophomore Josh Kerr last week add the NCAA men’s outdoor 1,500-meter title to the indoor mile title he won in March.
Yes, Kerr kept to his left — for the most part — and got back sooner than the other guys. But, he and Lobos coach Joe Franklin said on Wednesday, achieving this middle-distance double was far more challenging and complex than that.