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Did you hear from Steve Blake or Greivis Vasquez?
"He [Vasquez] did a video, and Steve Blake did a video, too. Nobody thought Blake would ever play in the NBA, and there were a lot of people who didn't feel Vasquez was good enough to play. I never coached a player that took more criticism than Greivis did, so it was great to see the way his career ended up, graduating in four years, things like that."
How big a role has Steve Bisciotti played in your career?
"Steve's my friend. He was here for the dinner Monday. He's given the university support. We were friends before I even knew that he was going to buy the Ravens. We got to know each because he came to the games. That's never been about me in terms of what Steve does for the university. That was in place before I got here. He's been tremendous for me in terms of a good place to bounce ideas off of. You need that as you go through the season."
Has watching the team been difficult?
"I haven't watched a whole lot, probably on purpose. After this year, I think it will be fine. But I won't come to the games."
Does tonight bring back memories of past games?
"I remember Greivis' game against North Carolina when he scored the first 16 points of the game for us and they were No. 1 in the country. Beating Duke here to tie for the ACC regular-season championship two years certainly was a big deal. I thought of different players. It always comes back to the players. No matter what you do as a coach or after you're done coaching, your memory is the players."
What are your memories of Cole Field House?
"Cole was just one of those special places. I'm glad you brought up that question. Cole should have a Maryland Basketball Hall of Fame for a lot of different people who can be involved in that. Hopefully, that will happen in the future. It's one of the ideas I have in the back of my mind that it can happen because there's room up top to do that. Cole was as good a place to play as you could ever have because it was right in the middle of the campus, it was a natural bowl. You walk in there at street level and it was incredible looking down. But it was old. There was asbestos, I saw a lot of animals running in there. Coming in here, it gave every coach a great office, a great place place to recruit with, this place was important. The school uses this quite a bit for graduation. Cole Field House allowed for us to do that. We had the people involved that financially could step up and do that when it came time to build Comcast Center."
What is your attachment to Maryland now?
"I'm still connected to the school working with Kevin Anderson. I watch whenever I come. This is Mark Turgeon's program. This isn't my program anymore. You have to step away. I've been in situations where a coach hung around after he left, and that's not any good. That's not any good at all. I've gone out of my way not be around."
How would you grade your fist pump?
"It was good. I'd give it a B+. That's pretty good. I didn't practice."