Gene Cross Q&A

Rocket Digest Reporter Ned Wright used the Jan., 7, 2010 Teleconference to catch up with UT hoops coach Gene Cross to catch up on everything Toledo basketball. Read on to get the latest on UT Hoops, and to find out how YOU can submit a question to be answered by Coach Cross.

Q: Is Devin Russell in fact red-shirting since he is dressing for the games? It has been stated that he is a R-S.
Coach Cross: Yes, he is red-shirted, but I want to give Devin the opportunity to feel what it is like to be involved in the game atmosphere and practice.

Q: There is a rumor that the men's program has lost a scholarship due to APR data. Is this true?
Coach Cross: I cannot confirm at this time. We are reviewing our APR results before we can comment further.

Q: Is the new offense patterned off the current rage "dribble-drive" offense?
Coach Cross: Not specifically. It is based on personnel and what best fits our current talent.

Q: Is it the same in the sense that the penetrator/driver has three options like drive & finish/get fouled, dish to inside, or hit open perimeter player for jumper?
Coach Cross: Yes, same idea in that context. It's still a motion offense but tweeked for personnel.

Q: What is being done to improve free throw shooting? Is it being targeted specifically in practice? We are giving up 5 points a game at the line and being outscored on average by nine points there. Improvement in this area would make us much more competitive overall. Improving from 62% to opponents 68% would make up 5 points.
Coach Cross: We shoot free throws competitively every practice and have increased the effort as dictated by our performance at the line.

Q: Coach, thank you for the time. I'm rooting for you as well as all Rocket fans!
Coach Cross: Thank you very much.
The next Gene Cross teleconference will be held on February 15. To submit your question for the next Coach Cross teleconference, E-mail them to

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