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BRIAN GREGORY
GARY GRAMLING
October 20, 2011
ON PLAYING WITH THE ADMIRAL AND BEING AN IZZO GUY
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October 20, 2011

Brian Gregory

ON PLAYING WITH THE ADMIRAL AND BEING AN IZZO GUY

SI: Your name's been mentioned for coaching jobs over the years, but until now you stayed at Dayton. Why did this job pull you away?

BG: If I was going to leave Dayton, I wanted to go to a place that had a great tradition. At Georgia Tech you think of Bobby Cremins, the national title game in 2004, names like Mark Price, John Salley, Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury. The final piece was the opportunity to coach in a league that's one of the best in the country. It just felt right.

SI: WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU WANT FROM THIS TEAM?

BG: A DAILY COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER. I WANT OUR GUYS TO UNDERSTAND THERE'S A LEVEL OF PRIDE THAT WE NEED TO BRING ONTO THE COURT—EVERY DAY.

SI: Despite your time at Dayton, you're often called an "Izzo guy" from your days as a Michigan State assistant. Do you mind that?

BG: It's an honor. You have to be your own guy, but the type of program Tom Izzo has maintained is a blueprint that any coach should try to follow.

SI: You were on the David Robinson Navy team that went to the Elite Eight in 1986. What was that like?

BG: His greatness as a player was unmistakable. But he was also a Renaissance man, and he had a personality that drew people to him. I didn't grasp it at that time, but as I've gotten into coaching, I've realized how special that team was.

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