While I imagine each of the basketball candidates who interviewed for the UH job is smart and very capable, there seems to be a lack of the “wow” factor.
Maybe it has to do with the preference that the candidate have mostly a college basketball background. But I think it would have been nice for the call to go out to more coaches with pro basketball experience.
It worked 11 years ago, when UH hired June Jones, a two-time NFL head coach who had one year of college-coaching experience. Of the many changes Jones made, the most important was implementing a system designed to helping players get to the next level. Jones emphasized pass blocking and attacking defenses — tools attractive to NFL scouts. Jones also set up practice schedules and workouts that mirrored the ones used in the pros.Those changes improved recruiting. Deep down, every football recruit harbors NFL dreams.
It’s the same in basketball. A wise basketball insider told me that recruits ask these questions:
• What style do you run?
• Can you help me get to the next level?
• Who’s your shoe company?
In hiring a coach, the second-most-important W is wow.
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Somebody at UH came up with a great suggestion: Pair the women’s exhibition between UH and Arizona as part of a volleyball doubleheader with the men’s match between UH and Long Beach State.The Wahine fans would help pump up the enthusiasm for the Warrior match.
Somebody at UH said it would be better to separate the two events.
The women’s match, we’re told, has sold about 1,000 tickets as of yesterday.
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My bad. I incorrectly wrote that Stephanie Ricketts has two complete games this year. She has two shutouts.