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The KU Memorial Union is looking forward to reopening our doors to the community on August 3 at the Kansas Union and Burge Union, and August 10 at the Debruce Center. Click here to learn more about the enhanced cleaning & safety measures we have taken, the Protect KU pledge we're asking our community to take, fall building hours, and other updates as we welcome you back to our spaces. 

Phog Allen, the Father of Basketball Coaching

Can you tell what the mural is made of? Hover over the photo to take a closer look. 

The Phog Allen Mural in the DeBruce Center.

No school should be so spoiled as to claim as their coach both the father of basketball and the father of basketball coaching. While the DeBruce Center focuses on Dr. James Naismith’s rules, it also pays homage to Forrest “Phog” Allen.

Dr. Allen began his coaching career while still a student at KU, and solidified the school’s place in basketball lore with a 40-year career as KU’s coach. He retired as the "winningest" coach in the college ranks. The mural is created in the same fashion as the Naismith Mural with words from the contemporary rule book of basketball.