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-- last year.
But can they go to get Davidson college's men's basketball team defied the odds -- -- that it George now Wisconsin to advance to the elite eight.
They would've actually made the final four had they not lost -- the Kansas Jayhawks in 2008 so.
Well the second time around David sharp a little school with a huge heart mr.
Davidson's basketball coach for the last twenty years and friend of scoreboard we're happy to say Bob kill up.
Joining us from Charlotte good to see again coach thanks for coming in appreciate terrific to be with you.
Hey I hadn't gone you know no matter what happens.
Some people say that what you have done and what Davidson has done what the team is that is really changed.
College basketball do you agree and if so now.
Well I think we followed up on what -- elected George Mason did did back in the old six.
George Mason advancing to the final four it was one of the great stories of my time as a college basketball coach.
And getting an opportunity to follow a little bit and -- that's not getting quite as far as they did.
Tells me that these great parity in college basketball.
And what we did was we -- with the 18100 students in which the students are completely.
Behind our basketball program -- embraced our program they actually traveled to Detroit about 50% of the student body.
Came in joined -- in Detroit to the sweet sixteen and only eight games.
I think that -- a new precedent in college athletics -- school our size with our academic rigor.
That could still compete at the highest level.
And talk -- And in the game and and any night -- three -- -- on the on the bench right.
You've got two sons and herself on the bench and that's that's what your your family right of the line there.
How many times can you go to work each day and you share this stage with -- sons and and actually wiping your daughter in the stands cheering on so it's a complete family affair and I count my blessings understanding how lucky I am that I can be so consumed by profession.
Yet allow my family is to have that same kind of consumption and I have by the way I got to ask what are your sons I guess it's Brandan Wright he's he's replace Stephen -- Well he's a backup point guard -- -- has done a terrific job every time staff is gone today.
Bench because of fatigue were fouls or even an injury so where -- very delighted with Britain's progress will -- be playing by the way.
He's certainly will be he's.
Done magical things in the past week he set the record would Davidson basketball players most points -- a career.
On Saturday and last night against -- He achieved his 25 -- point I think he's one of fourteen plays in division one history to do that while it's unbelievable.
Sort of in continuing with a family feeling that that Davidson has particularly among its -- players.
Describe what happened last year that -- the -- if I'm not mistaken put money out of their home market.
To make sure that the students to -- -- one of the final games right.
-- certainly was out of their own pocket not budget money not donations it was a personal money from our trustees and or offered an opportunity for every student to get a -- taking a bus ride in hotels.
To Detroit as long as they went to class when they return and up professes to a fully behind this and embraced it then in fact they think civil law professes took up the trustees and its invitation.
It's up -- it's it's really hard -- like why it is one of those movies that you see about the way up.
A whole university gets together did to be right back fifty by the way it was it added up to a 100000 dollars to wasn't -- that was for the five buses the 250 tickets.
A 125 hotel rooms but wasn't she picked up the money out of their -- market for that is that.
It's that same kind of -- -- he is that enthusiasm there this year.
It it certainly has been.
A continuity of what we did last year -- It's unique it's it's Jimmy Stewart it's Fred McMurray and my three sons it's Ozzie and Harriet.
It's a throwback to the fifties.
-- -- the great time periods in my life and one of the time periods which it was tremendous piece in our country I loved.
That and and I I have fond memories of that -- you're a two way.
I don't remember them clearly but at that whole period of the fifties when things people did seem to pull together and it with a community spirit.
Hasn't really been match yet do you think there's any chance that out of may be that tough times that we're all going through now we might get back to those basic feelings that make America great.
Is an interest they have tough times make tough people.
And -- it is it also interesting how these tough times make people understand how lucky they are how much they need each other.
Absorb -- of the of course we saw it here in New York even New York tough.
New York after 9/11 everybody pulled together like I've never seen it happen before and that's one thing that.
Nobody will ever be able to take away from this country finally I just guys you say whether or not we'd gotten to the sweet sixteen or 128 games.
We have already won because we've lived up to our belief that's what you said last year.
What is the -- to which you lived up in which are still living up.
Well -- balance in life and that's probably the most elusive quality of life balance.
You have to have great confidence to be a great player but you also have to have a great blend of humility.
And I I think we showed that sense of confidence last year but we also handle it with a sense of humility.
As long as there's balance in life I think you can really become successful.
And basketball's just like life if you don't have good offense in good defense you're not going to be successful if you don't have freedom but you -- all that you abuse your responsibility.
You gonna -- unsuccessful.
So the blend of freedom and responsibility is such a big part of that balance it's like a parent to parent needs to love this child but discipline is child.
It without that balance is not going to be success.
Well you're not only -- coach you probably a mentor to those.
Those guys you're working -- they've probably will be for their whole life Bob -- great to see again a matter what happens you're number one and Charlie thanks a million for being here.
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