(editor’s note: if you want the real scoop, read the profile turned in by a Wright Stater at College Rule Notebook)
During the college basketball off-season, a lot of changes slip beneath my radar. One such thing that escaped my notice was the movement of Brad Brownell from the head job at UNC-Wilmington to Wright State.
Brownell doesn’t have a big-time pedigree or a household name, but he is one hell of a coach. He led UNCW to the NCAA tournament twice during his short tenure, both times being named coach of the year. I’m not sure what it takes to get a rising star to jump from the beach to Dayton, but someone at Wright State is obviously serious about competing in the Horizon League.
And it’s working. Brownell’s Raiders beat the top-ten Butler Bulldogs at the Nutter Center to take sole posession of first place in the Horizon. The Raiders are 19-8 overall and 12-2 in the conference. In the Horizon, the regular-season champ gets to host the semis of the league tourney (and they have a bye until then), and if they win, they get to host the final as well. When you’re possibly facing Butler for the auto-bid, that’s absolutely huge.
Let’s meet n’ greet!
- Resembles WKRP Program Director Andy Travis, minus the helmet-hair. Which explains why he wanted to move to Ohio.
- Signed the contract to come to WSU when the AD informed him that Blue Man Group would be playing the Nutter Center on March 18th.
- Loves playing in the Nutter Center, because in close games, he always calls for “Nut check time“.
- Longs to hear the phrase “You’re doin’ a heckuva job, Brownie”.
- Had his last name legally changed from Lynch to Wood in 2003, after friends convinced him that “Pimp4Life” would damage his recruiting prospects.
- Woods is currently fourth on the Wright State all-time scoring list, chasing the immortal Bill Edwards.
- The combination of his on-court prowess and the Billy Dee Williams moustache have earned him the nickname “Sex Panther”.
- Was extremely disappointed by the failure of Morehead State to live up to its name.
- Has won Wright State’s Ian Ziering Look-Alike Contest for three years running.
- His double-double against Butler earned him free brunch at Breakfast Club Cafe. The NCAA has made a special exemption for the banana-walnut pancakes.
- When Raider recruiters promised him “plenty of green”, this was not what he had in mind. But, all things considered, he’ll take it anyway.
- His take on WSU’s dog-like mascot: “The University was chartered in 1967. Drugs were done.”
- Peed (just a little) when the Raiders beat Butler.
- Subject of a petition drive (started by me) to adopt the nickname “Sunshine”.
- His entire high school team-The Pendleton Heights Arabians-was mistakenly put on the Federal “no-fly” list.
- Doesn’t like Sara Lee. Can also eat just one Lay’s potato chip.
- Todd Brown vs. Butler: 19 minutes, 0-5 FG, 1-2 FT, 1 total point, 1 rebound.
- Will Graham vs. Butler: 28 minutes, 1-3 FG, 0-0 FT, 4 total points, 1 rebound.
- Let’s just put them down for “crucial to the team defensive concept”, and “gave us ten fouls”.
If it’s a WSU/Butler rematch for the Horizon League final, I might have to tune in. Well, at least I might have to TiVo it and watch the second half. It’s on at 9pm on a Tuesday night in early March, and I can’t be missing Veronica Mars.
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