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April 23, 2013
Pete Gillen Profile
Broadcaster with CBS Sports Network
Current Job: Broadcaster with CBS Sports Network on television. Assignments to cover basketball in Atlantic 10 and Conference USA. Dial Global radio national college basketball commentator. Background: Native of Brooklyn, N.Y. Began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at the University of Hawaii where, for one year, he was an assistant with Louisville's Rick Pitino. Served as assistant at Virginia Military Institute, Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame. He was head basketball coach at Xavier University from 1985 to 1994, Providence College from 1994 to 1998, and the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2005. Why in Carroll: Participated in the Midwest Coaches Clinic at Carroll High School on Saturday.
With young men leaving after one year, it's hurt the game. A lot of the great players are leaving early. I think that's hurt it unfortunately. And changing the leagues I think that's starting to water it down.
Honestly, the game is too physical now. Without getting too philosophical, on the perimeter, guys are just mangling each other. It's the lowest scoring, I think, since 1952.
The game is slipping a little bit. I think young men don't know how to play as much because they don't play as much 2 on 2 or 3 on 3 on playgrounds or in open gyms on a Saturday.
Zones are effective. Teams don't know how to attack zones. They don't shoot the ball great against zones. Coaches don't do a great job of attacking zones. I was one of them. There are not as many great shooters.
I think Fred Hoiberg's great. I love him. I think he's a great person. He seems like a class guy. I don't know how he does it. He gets transfers and he melds them in. I think that's his modus operandi.
Telling ain't teaching.
Young men play the game, but they don't know how to play. It's like golf. If you just go out and play 18 holes, 4 days a week, but you don't know how to chip, you're putting's terrible, it's not doing you much good. You're playing, but you're not playing properly.
The young men, they're dunking or they're shooting threes. But they don't have a mid-range game, a 15-footer off the dribble. They don't fake. They don't pump-fake inside. They don't shot-fake much.
With parents, I'd say get a good motivational film with a Morgan Wootten, legendary coach, or a John Stockton, a player. Look at that and just work on the fundamentals in the driveway or on the playground with your son. Let 'em play, but also teach them how to do things.
I think they (Division 1 college athletes) should get paid. I think they should get some type of stipend. My only little addendum would be if the family can afford it. If the dad's vice president of a bank and he's making $250,000 or $300,000, well, then, he doesn't need money. I'd have it tiered where the family has to be needy to get it.
I made a lot of money coaching.
The court is getting smaller and smaller. I think in 10 years you might have to widen the court. I don't like raising the hoop.
The circle here for the charge-block, I'd like to see them move it out a little bit, make it a little bigger.
I'd like to see the referees enforce the hand-check. The shooting is down. The scoring is down.
They're lifting weights - and that's important - but they're not shooting.
The State of Iowa loves the game of basketball. I think there are really enthusiastic, fanatical fans. They love basketball. There are terrific teachers.
Fran McCaffery I know real well. I think he's terrific. Ray Giacoletti I think is terrific. Coming to Drake. And I love Ben Jacobson (UNI). I met him once or twice. I think he's a phenomenal coach.
My cup of tea was up and down.
Rick Pitino used to get me up in the morning in Hawaii. We lived together in a house with a couple of other guys. We used to play 1-on-1 at 7 o'clock in the morning. He used to kick my tail. He's unique in that he pushes his players to the brink until they're ready to collapse, ready to give up, ready to quit. But then he'll bring them back and praise them and pat them on the back. He has a great knack of pushing them and hugging and loving them. Some people push them and break them.
The biggest thing is you have to be positive with young men. If you're positive with young men and young women their ears open up like a flower. Even if you criticize them, you do it in a positive manner.
You don't belittle.
Fear is not good.
I'd say those three jump off the map at me - Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell. Larry Bird is certainly in the conversation. He's not the best, but he's up there.
I miss coaching, but I just don't think I could do it physically.
I love Shakespeare.
One time, we (Virginia) were playing Maryland at Maryland and their fans are the worst. I don't know why. They're just terrible fans. Vicious.
I try to treat kids as somebody's sons.
As a head coach I probably coached 90 percent African Americans. People that don't mix with the African Americans or the Spanish or the Chinese, you're missing so much, because they bring so much to the table as people.
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