http://thegazette.com/2011/01/02/gal...n-gable-tales/

Terry Brands
Brands is an assistant with the Hawkeyes today, joining his brother, Tom, on the staff. Terry was a three-time All-American, winning NCAA titles 1990 and ?92.

?Sitting in the locker room I approached Coach Gable after a workout and said, ?What?s that red spot on your forward?? He looked bewildered and just shrugged his shoulders. I leaned in to look closer and slapped his forehead with my hand to create the ?red spot.? Hahahahahahaha. Boy did I laugh and said something like, ?Got ya good! Hahahahahahaha!? The next day after practice Gable was sitting in the same place by his locker after a practice and I go up to him and say, ?What?s that red spot on your forehead?? He looks bewildered and just stares back at me. I lean in closer and quickly slap his forehead again. ?Hahahaha! I can?t believe you fell for that again!? I say. Dead pan, he says, ?I didn?t fall for that. I just didn?t think you were that stupid to do it again.?

Barry Davis
Davis, the head coach at Wisconsin, was a three-time NCAA champion and four-time All-American for Gable from 1980-81 through the 1984-85 season, with a break to win an Olympic silver medal in 1984.

Davis remembers the birth of Gable?s daughter Annie.

?Gable left practice to go the hospital,? Davis said. ?All of a sudden the door opens and he walks in (hours later) ? everybody stopped and looked at him. He shook his head like ?no.? We knew it was another girls so we just kept wrestling.?

Davis also remembers a time during his freshmen or sophomore year when Gable walked into the room after an interview with a newspaper reporter.

??I told him Iowa State wouldn?t win a match. You guys better back me up?,? Davis recalls Gable saying. ?He had that much faith in us. Nobody wanted to let him down.?

Iowa won nine of the 10 matches.

GALLERY: Gable at Iowa


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