Sport: Leaving the Launch

The sign on the office door read DON'T KNOCK. COME IN. Inside, a small, spectacled man leaned back in his chair and surveyed the walls, decorated heavily with rowing memorabilia. "I am satisfied to retire," said Carroll Ebright, 65, the University of California's head rowing coach since 1924. "I have seen our crews reach worldwide acclaim; I have been down, and now I see us coming back again. It is time for a younger man."

When "Ky" Ebright retires in June, he can look back on one of the most successful records in...

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