Dr. Forrest Phog Allen: Beware Of The Pog

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Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen “Beware of the Phog” this phrase is commonly seen throughout the University of Kansas, especially on the days of home basketball games prominently in Allen Field House. The phrase was established when the new field house was built and named after one of the most influential coaches of KU basketball history, Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen. Allen was not only influential then as a coach and a leader of the community, but also today he influences the lives of students at the University of Kansas. Allen is known by most as a basketball coach who learned about the game straight from the creator himself. He started as a player with James Naismith Who taught him how to play and Naismith told him: “Forrest, you don’t coach…show more content…
Allen has the most wins in Kansas’s basketball history and has a big impact on players, students, and visitors who walk into a home basketball game. Allen Fieldhouse was named for him because of his coaching career and his influence on players and students at KU. The shirts that read: “Pay Heed to All Who Enter: Beware of the Phog,” have a meaning to those who know the legend. “Legend has it that the great coach’s spirit haunts KU’s opponents in his namesake,” says Carpenter about the influence the coach still has today on the people entering the field house. The field house is a major influence during the games. The presence of something is felt as the game begins and the fight song is sung. The actions and concerns of the great Allen have an impact still on the students and visitor of KU not just in the field house, but also throughout the campus. People who take a tour of the campus are instantly greeted and introduced to the legend of the Phog. People who attend the University of Kansas are either told of the story of Allen and his legend as one of the greatest leaders, coaches, and friends. The cheering crowd at a big rival game or even at just an exhibition basketball game will have even the mildest basketball fan smiling and amazed at the seeming presences of a great leader. The shirts of many students read “Beware of the Phog” and the building name of Allen Fieldhouse causes one to remember what an influential and great coach Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen really was and still is after his death. The coach with the most wins in the University of Kansas basketball history will continue to influence all those who enter the field house for as long as it

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