- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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McGUIRE : There are coaches who coach material, and there are others who can coach better when they don't have material. Gene Bartow does better without material. I mean that as a compliment, but with five blue-chip players he has a problem getting them to the tournament. He's more of a technical coach. Guy Lewis at Houston does better when he has material. I was a material coach, too.
SI : How else do you account for your success?
McGUIRE : I was a good bench coach. And there is no doubt that I was a black coach, although I never said "hey, man" or gave out any of those Knights of Columbus handshakes. And in all the years I coached no one ever realized that the most disciplined team—not in the United States, but in the world—was Marquette. All people saw was the carnival atmosphere, the fancy uniforms, me kicking and yelling and the players yelling back. But, hey, there was no hanky-panky on the court.
SI : Would you like to be remembered with the Ibas, Rupps and Woodens?
McGUIRE : It would be nice. But if I'd won as often as Wooden, you'd need four guys to carry my head around.
SI: What about Bobby Knight? He has been up and down the last two years.
McGUIRE : Bobby is an excellent coach. If you want to have a successful program over a long period, he's your man.
SI : Oh, so as AD, you would hire him?
SI : Getting back to your list of ingredients, you put material last. Why?