ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 13: (FILE) Former UCLA college basketball coach John Wooden looks on during the John R. Wooden Classic match between the UCLA Bruins and the De Paul Blue Demons at Honda Center on December 13, 2008 in Anaheim, California. Wooden has been hospitalized due to dehydration since May 26, 2010 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Just because this news was expected (especially given rumors of the great man's passing last night) doesn't make it any easier to write about.
Legendary UCLA head coach John Wooden passed away this evening at the age of 99 in Los Angeles.
God Bless and Rest in Peace, Coach, and may you soon be with your beloved Nell.
Thank you for everything you've done for our game, which wouldn't be the same without your many contributions. You were truly an American original.
Read more about Coach Wooden's life at SB Nation and Bruins Nation.