To Foul or Not Up 3

This is from a recent Phil Mushnick column in the New York Post.  I love the quotes from Jack Alesi, one of the best coaches in New York City at Xaverian High School.  I watched Alesi’s Xaverian team win their semi-final game and get to the finals by fouling up 3. Friday, the night after […]

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Coach K “Fire”

Coach K shared a great story about a conversation he had with Sidney Lowe, Christian Laettner’s first NBA coach, about Laettner when he was a rookie. Lowe said something to Coach K like “Man, Christian is really difficult.”  And Coach K’s response was “You have to think about Christian like fire.  And you are the superintendent […]

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Seeds

Don’t make a huge deal out of the seeds in the NCAA Tournament (unless you are a Dayton fan, where an odd seed forces you to play an extra game). In 2001 at Providence we expected to be seeded somewhere between 6-9 in the NCAA Tournament.  We ended up as a 10 seed, which surprised […]

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At-Large Bids

Murray State and Belmont played one of the more entertaining conference championship games you will ever see last weekend.  The game went back and forth down the stretch, with two great coaches – Rick Byrd and Steve Prohm – letting their kids call and execute plays without calling a host of time outs.  The teams […]

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Taking Emotion Out Of Coaching

Phil Jackson talked about a great approach in his book “Eleven Rings” that he learned over his career as a coach – “When in doubt, do nothing.”   Jackson talked a lot about dealing with all of the egos he dealt with in the NBA, and some of the personalities he had to handle – Jordan, […]

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Virginia

Really good look at what Virginia is doing under Tony Bennett and how impressive it is. http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/03/virginia-uva-basketball-acc-champions-tony-bennett-justin-anderson-records

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College Basketball Dads

Really touching story by Matt Norlander on something that doesn’t get a lot of light in college basketball – players balancing education, basketball and fatherhood. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/feature/25092069/paternal-fraternity

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Lombardi

“And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline.  There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.” – Vince Lombardi

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Tyler Harvey – The Nation’s Leading Scorer

How about a Dad, who happens to be a college referee, recognizes a division III coach on a plane, and his son ends up leading the country in scoring at the division I level? http://www.newsweek.com/tyler-harvey-nations-unlikely-leading-scorer-310177

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Competitive Environment

Now matter how well you practice, you never really know what you have with your team until you see them in a game.  The pressure changes under the lights, when the games count.  The challenges is similar when recruiting.  You can evaluate kids in practice, in workouts, and in blowout AAU games but you don’t […]

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