Hundreds Pay Respects to Coach Ray Meyer

A day before basketball royalty was to pay respects to former DePaul coach Ray Meyer, fans, former players and others filed into a church Monday to say goodbye to a man who remained a regular Chicago guy even as he became one of the greatest and most beloved college coaches in the game's history.

One after another, as they waited outside St. Vincent's Church at DePaul, they talked as much about Meyer's integrity, his decency and his loyalty to what he loved to call "the little school under the 'L'" as they did about the more than 700 games he won in his 42-year career at DePaul. Meyer died Friday at the age of 92.

A who's who of basketball is expected at Tuesday's funeral service, including: Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Texas Tech's Bobby Knight, former Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps, basketball commentator Dick Vitale, New York Knicks' coach Larry Brown, former NBA great and Knicks' president Isiah Thomas, and Mark Aguirre, one of Meyer's greatest players who now is a Knicks assistant.

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Tomato Head Pizza house displays a sign for coach Ray Meyer across the street from St. Vincent's church in Chicago.



Former DePaul Basketball player Lamone Lampley waits to attend the wake of former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer at St. Vincent's church in Chicago.



People wait to attend the wake for former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer.



Mourners enter St. Vincent's church to attend the wake of former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer.



DePaul University women's basketball players leave St. Vincent's church in Chicago.



DePaul University women's basketball coach Doug Bruno hugs DePaul University basketball team fan as he leaves St. Vincent's church.



Mourners are seen in a reflection waiting to attend the wake of former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer.



DePaul Men's basketball coach Jerry Wainright talks to the media as he waits to attend the wake of former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer.



Former DePaul basketball player Tom Kleinshmidt waits to attend the wake of former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer.



Former DePaul basketball player Bernard Randolph waits to attend the wake of former DePaul head basketball coach Ray Meyer.

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