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Seth Greenberg

New men's basketball coach Ryan Odom calls UMBC a 'sleeping giant'

New men's basketball coach Ryan Odom calls UMBC a 'sleeping giant'

Ryan Odom pulled a folded sheet of paper out of his black suit — talking points — and rarely needed to consult it. UMBC's new men's basketball coach knows what he wants and how to articulate that vision.

He might not have forseen the emotion that would accompany his words, though.

Roughly three minutes into his introductory speech Thursday afternoon on the top floor of UMBC's library, where cheerleaders shook pompoms and the mascot interacted with fans before the coach took to the lectern, Odom's eyes reddened and his throat gave out. He cried as he talked about the people he left at Lenoir-Rhyne, the Division II school he guided to the national quarterfinals in...

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