[quote="Evan Ceg, post:2, topic:3306"]I haven't attended, but my impression is that more Penn State coaches are participating in CVC this year than in the past. Maybe it's the Scandal, maybe it's Joyner, maybe it's O'Brien and Chambers, but there seems to be more of a we're-all-one-family collegiality among the Penn State head coaches of late. O'Brien, in particular, seems to be making himself available to the other coaches.
I know where you are coming from and there might be some truth to your statement about the family feeling. However, the increased presence of coaches is something that started a couple of years ago.
Last year’s tournament had: Galen Hall, Jay Paterno, Russ Rose, Char Morett, John Hargis, Bob Warming, Jeff Tambroni, Missy Doherty, and Bruce Parkhill.
The year before that it was: Tom Bradley, Jay Paterno, Russ Rose, Char Morett, and Bruce Parkhill.
Two years before, there were no coaches from PSU teams other than basketball (however, Gene Keady from Purdue was there and I should add that I’m reasonable sure that Galen Hall played even though he wasn’t listed in the press release)
Three years, none were listed in the press release (again I think Galen played though).
So getting the PSU coaches more involved started a couple of years ago.
Just an update.
The trend that was started a couple of years ago looks to be accelerating.
With the loss of the Second Mile tournament, the football program no longer has a premiere summer event. Joining up with the Coaches vs Cancer event would seem to make a lot of sense. The recent bonding that O’Brien and Chambers had on the Coaches Caravan seems to have been the catalyst toward moving this fully forward.
I have mixed emotions about this. As a hoops fan, I have really appreciated the basketball centric focus of this event. There have been a few football players and coaches who have annually participated but for the most part it was a basketball function (as fits the original concept which was initiated by Jim Valvano’s passing due to cancer). Bringing the football program on board will likely bump hoops to be second fiddle (if not immediately, certainly eventually).
On the other hand, the real battle is against the dreaded disease anyway. If the net of it all is that more monies go to help out local cancer victims, then that is all that matters.
However, as football asserts itself into the event, we might never again see a scenario unfold like the one that did today.
Here’s what I mean (a little behind the scene story that the mainstream media didn’t know).
Bill O’Brien played in today’s tournament From a media perspective, he was the central figure at the tournament today. Pat Chambers held his own with the press for the most part but them were more interested in getting Bill on camera. However, many, if not most, of those who were actually playing in the tournament were more interested in the basketball side of things. It was nice that O’Brien was playing but the hardcore hoops fans wished that Pat Chambers had been able play.
As proof of my assertion (ok - not really proof, I’m just going to go all kidcoyote and offer up a anecdote as “proof”), the organizers of today’s event were faced with a challenge. What foursome should be given the honor of playing with O’Brien (for the most part, people who play in the event don’t find out who their celeb (or captains as they called them this year) is until the day of the event (or maybe the night before - logically that makes a lot of sense because there often a lot of last minute turnover among the celebs). O’Brien was assigned to a group of long time donors to the CvC program.
You would think that the lucky foursome would be overjoyed. Not exactly. When they found out this morning, they made a simple request of the committee. Could they trade O’Brien for someone else? Who exactly asked the committee? Answer from the donors “Steve Wydman”.
Now most people are going to say “wtf?”. Those who know Steve are going to be a little more understanding. These donors, who as I mentioned were longtime contributors to the charity, were looking forward to playing golf with a PSU hoop personality. While they were honored to have been chosen as the group to play with O’Brien, that wasn’t what they were looking for. So they asked for a swap with a former player who they had previously played with, specifically Wydman. Steve was happy to be reunited with people he had played with before (apparently, the group that got O’Brien wasn’t too disappointed either). Everyone was happy with the swap.
However, as the football program gets more integrated into the CvC program, I can’t imagine this ever happening again. It’s quite likely that people will clamor to play with the football guys and hoops winds up taking a back seat.