Johnny Orr: I'm living in Florida and golfing about two to three times a week. I'm 83 years old now and I have a 16 handicap so overall I'm having a great time down here. I also watch a lot of college basketball but I'm also looking forward to coming back for Johnny's at Hilton this winter.
Cyclone Sports Report: When you coached Fred did you expect him to one day become a coach?
Johnny Orr: To be honest it never really entered my mind but he was really a good player and was always considered a good leader.
Cyclone Sports Report: How excited are you that he is the new head coach at Iowa State?
Johnny Orr: It really means a lot to me because that's the first kid that I coached that is now the head coach at Iowa State. He's a natural leader and I really think it's great that he is there. It's great for Iowa State and I think he's doing a heck of a job.
Cyclone Sports Report: Fred has stated that he has leaned on you a lot for advice. What are some of the things that you have told him about becoming a head coach?
Johnny Orr: I told him to make sure he has his health. I told him it's a great place to coach with great fans and great facilities. In fact it's the best fans I have ever come across and he knows that. Most of the time we just talk about basketball. When he first got hired I just told him to make sure he got himself a good staff and then to make sure he got some good recruits.
Cyclone Sports Report: Do you miss coaching?
Johnny Orr: I don't miss it at all but I still enjoy watching it and I'm always checking Iowa State's results if I can't get the game on television down here.
Cyclone Sports Report: Do you feel the game has changed a lot since you retired?
Johnny Orr: No, I really think it's pretty much the same. That is why I still love watching it but I can't watch NBA until the playoffs start. The regular season just doesn't interest me.
Cyclone Sports Report: When you look back what are some of your favorite memories of your time coaching at Iowa State?
Johnny Orr: The first thing is that I love the fact that Danny Manning never won at Hilton Coliseum. I also loved the games that I had with Norm Stewart and Billy Tubbs at Hilton because the fans really had fun with them. Finally, my biggest win I would say was when we beat Michigan up in Minnesota in front of 39,000 people.