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Ask the ACC Coaches

Sunday, March 13, 2005; Page E15

Q: What's the best thing that has happened in college basketball in past decade?

Miami's Frank Haith: "I think the thing that really has [helped is] they've allowed us to spend a little bit more time with our guys. I think it's helped the game because we're able to spend a little bit more time with our players individually and we have those times throughout the year where we can get them in the gym, four-on-zero, and work with them."

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N.C. State's Herb Sendek: "I think the best thing that happens every year in college basketball are the relationships that are shared among so many people and some of the great life lessons that our young people learn. . . . I know those kind of things make some people yawn but it really is the best part."

North Carolina's Roy Williams: "Better quality suits and shirts that don't show as much sweat from the coaches."

Clemson's Oliver Purnell: "I think the game is being marketed much better today than it has been. Probably cable television has put many, many more games on. I think there was a thought when that happened that the airwaves would get saturated and take away some of the interest. I think the opposite is true. More people see the game; more people get caught up in it and get to see their teams more on television because of cable and more channels. That's probably as good of a marketing tool as you can have is to have your product on TV more."

Wake Forest's Skip Prosser: "The attempt by the Knight Commission and others to reassess the priorities of college athletics."

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski: "The new partnership that has developed between the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The two are working together so much more to put college basketball in its proper place."

Maryland's Gary Williams: "The best thing is that it's given kids a chance to go to school that might not get the chance to go to school. And that's increased. I think they are more realistic with the standards for admission set by the NCAA. I've always felt that education is for all levels of people, income-wise, whatever you want to look at. And college basketball gives a lot of people the chance to go to college who might not have gone to college, and hopefully they take advantage of it."

Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt: "The best thing to happen in the last 10 years is the appointment of Myles Brand as the NCAA president and his willingness, or seeming willingness, to work with and talk to coaches about things that we need to do and rules we need to put in to help the game."

Q: What's the biggest problem facing college basketball?

Virginia's Pete Gillen: "There's so much money involved that it creates a lot of problems. I really don't know how to fix it. So much money to win, and sometimes, people break rules. Because of that, there have been some improprieties. The only justification is that, if people are caught cheating, they should be punished more severely."

Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg: "The biggest problem in college basketball today, without a doubt, is the recruiting process and players being more concerned about getting to the NBA than about the name on the front of their jerseys. Adopting similar policies like major league baseball, where once the guy decides he's going to college he has to stay three years, would help fix it. Guys today are more concerned that you're messing with my game than you're messing with the team."

Prosser: "I think the attendant misplacing of priorities on entertainment and less on education. I think the presidents who make the rules have to monitor their schools and perhaps become more involved with what's going on with their basketball teams, their athletic director who's monitoring that process, to make sure that the program reflects the best ideals of college athletics."

Hewitt: "Not enough exchange of ideas between coaches and non-coaching administrators. I feel like I have an outstanding situation here at Georgia Tech with my athletic director Dave Braine, who is a former coach and understands many of the issues that we have to deal with as coaches."

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