A 2010 confrontation between Washington’s Jim McLaughlin and Nebraska’s John Cook set the sports world buzzing. On the eve of a rematch, McLaughlin expresses regret.
by Jack Hamann, Volleyblog Seattle
Special to the Seattle Times
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Washington's Jim McLaughlin on December 10, 2010 in Seattle
-Omaha World-Herald photo by Matt Miller
They should, you would think, be two mellow dudes.
Nebraska coach John Cook grew up playing volleyball on San Diego beaches. Up the coast in Santa Monica, future Washington coach Jim McLaughlin was rippin’ waves and setting quicks.
Both married athletes. As acclaimed coaches, both won multiple championships. Neither has ever been terribly comfortable in the spotlight.
But on December 10, 2010, the two former beach boys kicked sand in the face of the volleyball world by doing something totally gnarly.
They nearly came to blows.