When World War II began, Case enlisted in the Navy, where he assumed the role of athletic director at various pre-flight schools. After the war ended in 1945, Case took over coaching duties at N.C. State. His Wolfpack won the Southern Conference title and, hearkening back to his days in the Hoosier State, Case and his team cut down the net in celebration.
“He wanted it to show as a sign of winning the championship,” Frank Weedon, N.C. State senior associate athletics director emeritus, told USA Today in 2005.
Unlike today, when ladders are brought out by tournament organizers immediately after the buzzer sounds and the scissors are specially made for the occasion and emblazoned with the NCAA logo by a paid sponsor, the process back then was a more informal and organic affair. There were no ladders; players had to hoist each other to the rims. And usually it was a pair of scissors snatched from the scorer’s table that assisted in the deed. (source:sports.yahoo.com)
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