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Jimmy Patsos is more than the borderline-crazy person he's made out to be
What Coach Patsos did in the past isn't terribly relevant. While his coaching tactics and sideline (or bleacher) antics have garnered the wrong kind of attention, he has proven this year that there's an actual basketball coach inside that basketball coach. In covering him for The Greyhound, I'd always walk away knowing I'd spoken to a man who cared about the program and what it could become more than anything. Sure, he used to be a bartender in Georgetown living in Gary Williams' shadow at Maryland. Now, he's a program-builder who will have his team ready to play Thursday night. He's coached with and against the greats in tournament situations before, and don't be surprised if he's drawing on those experiences and past lessons in preparation for the tournament.
March 5, 2012