He was of an age where one of the first skills he taught his son was the two-handed set shot — and from a time that made him cringe at some of the princely sums being paid professional players these days.
With Mullens’ death, the oldest living member of a Final Four champion is Ed Jones, 92, a forward on Wisconsin’s 1941 team.
The history he chose to write had little to do with basketball, however. There was more important work to do. Jones flew B-17s in World War II and returned to Wisconsin to earn his Ph.D. in plant pathology. As a professor at Cornell, he pioneered research into developing disease-resistant potatoes.