There are cynics who would say that the only way to get a large number of college basketball coaches to agree, or work together, would be if it were to involve something that benefited them, or their respective programs, collectively.
Yes, cynics might say that.
But there's no way to cast a suspicious eye on the collective endeavor of college basketball coaches – and many of their brethren in other sports – in response to the national tragedy wreaked upon the Gulf Coast region by Hurricane Katrina.
AllCoachesCare.com, the foundation for which was laid by Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg, along with Angela Lento and Joe Dwyer (AllCoaches.com and The CollegeInsider.com), is a website/organization put in place to corral the efforts of coaches and athletes to raise money for victims of the hurricane, in large part via an on-line auction that gets under way Wednesday.
There is already a multitude of items – and "opportunities" – that have been posted on the website and open for bids.
My favorites and some of those likely to fetch the priciest bids:
*The "ultimate Texas Tech
basketball experience". Oh, yeah! We're talking traveling with the Red Raiders
to the 2006 Big 12 Tournament in
*A winner and two of his or her guests will have the opportunity to play a round of golf at Pinehurst No. 2 (home to the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open Championships) in May of next year with . . . Roy Williams!
Just a hunch: There will be a few
bids coming from
*Live The Pac-10 Experience, with Tim Floyd and his USC Trojans. Check this out: Attend team meetings and practices the week of the Pac-10 Tournament (at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and stay with the team in its hotel, eat with the team at its pre-game meal and get four tickets to the tournament. It's not listed on the website but I'm guessing, that if you do a little coaxing, Floyd – or someone on his staff – will swing you by Heritage Hall on campus, where you can get an up-close-and-personal peek at the replicas of the Heisman Trophies (won by Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charlie White, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart . . . and, perhaps come December, Reggie Bush).
There are plenty of other goodies on the site, too, and more are expected to be added. All funds raised via the auction will be forwarded to Habitat For Humanity (www.habitat.org), the non-profit organization that provides housing for low-income families.
Greenberg, for whom the term
"energetic" will do just fine as an adjective, said he was moved to action when
the family of one of his players (forward Deron Washington) was displaced from
He got in touch with Dwyer and Lento, who put the website together and helped him reach out to coaches across the country to get involved.
It didn't take a lot of coaxing.
And they didn't limit their pursuit of participants to just their favorite sport.
"How can you not want to be involved?" Greenberg asked. ``As coaches and athletes, we're constantly stressing the word ‘teamwork'. What better to demonstrate it? And what is a better example of coaches putting aside any differences for a good cause?"
BOUNCING AROUND THE COUNTRY:
But Hubie Brown, from the perspective of most NBA, college and high school coaches I know, was every bit as worthy an inductee.
He was a coach with few peers (as his recent stint with the Memphis Grizzlies demonstrated) and he's still the greatest on-air basketball analyst – NBA or college – to ever work on television. Who – coaches included – doesn't gain at least a bit more insight into the nuances of the game while listening to a broadcast he is working?
If you ever have the opportunity, don't pass on the chance to listen to him lecture at a coaching clinic. The guy is mesmerizing.
*Three Pac-10 Conference programs,
The Huskies also have a commitment
from one of the two or three best guard prospects in the West Class of 2006 (Adrian Oliver of Modesto Christian in
California) and are finalists for the best player in the West, 6-11 Spencer Hawes (Seattle Prep), and the
best shooter, Phil Nelson of McNary
in Keizer, Ore. Hawes has narrowed
his choices to
Stanford has commitments from the biggest and most dynamic set of twins in amateur basketball, Brook and Robin Lopez (San Joaquin Memorial), as well as 6-9 Will Paul (Corpus Christi, Texas, Callahen).
The Wildcats are scheduled to get
the first "official" visit out of 6-8 Lance Thomas
An April inductee into the USBWA
Hall of Fame, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's National Basketball Expert
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