Tony Bennett can have Charlottesville, he can have his Cavaliers, he can have his big contract and the new arena, he can have the ACC and all the glory. But guaranteed, when he looks back on his career someday, he’ll admit to never having what he once had in Pullman.
"I asked him, 'What do you want?' He just basically said, 'I want to be able to coach some good basketball. I want to have a chance to be in the NCAA Tournament.' That's pretty much it. He didn't say I want to make millions or I want to be on Dick Vitale's or Digger Phelps' speed dial, that was never important to him. I know he just wants good basketball. I know he's been frustrated this year because he hasn't seen it (the Cougars are 11-6) but if indeed he sees it he will be as happy as he can be right where he is.''
Watched practice yesterday and I can tell you there is no end to the lengths WSU is going to solve its offensive woes. In his three years as a head coach, Tony Bennett has already shown a willingness to adapt to his talent, a trait that should serve the team well the next couple weeks. Don’t expect the Cougars to stand still, not in the way they attack a defense or in the players who come off the bench. This week is a great opportunity for a Mike Harthun or Abe Lodwick or the like to show he can help on the offensive end, because, if guard at all in practice, it will lead to playing time.