Stanford men’s basketball assistant coach Mark Madsen ’00 announced today that he will step away from the Farm and return to the professional game, accepting the head coaching position with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA’s D-League.
As former Stanford basketball star Jason Collins ’01’s announcement that he is gay continues to reverberate around the nation, Stanford community members reacted with surprise and pride to the news that the first openly gay active male athlete in a major U.S. professional sport was a Stanford graduate.
There are some games where records just don’t matter. Tournament seeding, March Madness implications, momentum swings—you name it, but none of it matters. These are rivalry games, and when the Stanford Cardinal rolls into Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears, all bets are off.
A man walks into a restaurant. The restaurant is just another landmark enduring the frigid Minnesota winter. The man, a car-drive away from his Minneapolis home, has recently decided to return to his undergraduate alma mater for business school. He’s rather plainly clothed, apart from a cardinal-red cap emblazoned with a varsity letter S.
Called “quietly aggressive,” “smothering” and “a pest,” Sauer managed to get under opposing crowds’ skin with his apparently laid-back demeanor and solid all-around play. Even his hair, straight off the head of Kramer from “Seinfeld,” was a source of annoyance.
After more than a decade away from the Farm, former basketball star Mark Madsen has returned to Maples Pavilion, this time as the new assistant coach for the Stanford men’s basketball team.