From: Nashville, TN
ORIGINAL: Pete C
Oh, I agree with that. I'm not a Knight fan necessarily, but he sure has a hell of a lot of good qualities. I'd let him coach my kid over Bob Huggins in a heartbeat, for example.
I hate him for some things, but he sure gets a bad rap on a lot of others.
Oh well, I can't dwell on this.
The best rivalry in sports resumes tomorrow! Go Blue!
Funny you mention Huggins, one of my favorites. Year after year at Cincinnati, he took players that nobody else would give scholarships and turned them into great teams. If it wasn't for Kenyon Martin's knee, he would have had a championship.
Lawson out tomorrow really is big. Vitale makes his return for that game, can't wait. Vitale is another guy that people love to hate, but he knows his game better than anybody else in the business. Plus, unlike Gumble or Joe Buck, you can obviously tell he loves what he does.
Nothing like a Duke/UNC game. Back in the day, I went to several of them, two at Durham. Talk about excitemenet and atmosphere. They should hand out valium at the gate.
Pete, I actually think Huggins is a great "coach" but as far as life lessons, etc., I think he's pretty bad. His graduation rates were always some of the very lowest. As a pure coach though, Cincy was pretty amazing. I've always been a Nick the Quick fan, and I loved Kenyon in college.
Totally agreed on Lawson. That could be a real key. It's big to me because Nelson is Duke's best defender IMO, and he can help out in the post (he's obviously way undersized, but physical) or on Lawson. If he doesn't have to help Paulus out on Lawson, then that can help them in the post some. Don't know if it will be enough, but it should help.
And agreed on Vitale as well. Totally jealous on your attendance. My best buddy from HS went to Duke and swam for them, and he said for the UNC games, he found a way to sneak through the UNC pool area over to the games. Jealous of him too. If there was one sporting event I could go to, regular season game, it'd be UNC-Duke, without hesitation in my mind.
No matter what, win or lose, they are always classic games. I will have trouble sleeping tonight, no doubt.
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."