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People talk about the younger generation of coaches today. They're not friends like you guys were. They're more competitive, especially in recruiting. They're killing each other.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches wanted me to come this year to speak [to their convention] at the Final Four in New Orleans. I wanted to say to them, There used to be only about 150 of us. Now there's 350 of us and we're like cowboys. We're kind of out there by ourselves.
A number of years ago I was on a plane to Charlotte with Dean Smith. It was near the end of his coaching career, and I asked him, "What would drive you out?" And he said, "It's never the kids, never the game, but all the other stuff that's going on." Life has changed. We're in a gotcha society.
How are you liking retirement? What's life like?
I'm doing all different kinds of things. [Working with] Junior Achievement or at the hospital [to help raise money for UConn's cancer center]. I'll try to get to practice today. And I love that. I usually talk to Kevin [Ollie, UConn's coach] before and after practice when I'm there.
Are you worried about interfering?
It's why I don't go up in the stands. I sit on the baseline at home games. I might get upset if somebody says something about Kevin. I'm very protective of him.
What do you miss most?
The relationships you have with the kids. There are very few [people] beyond my children, my grandchildren and obviously my family that I've ever had that kind of relationship with.
So when game night comes, are you thinking Man, I wish I were out there! or Thank the Lord that I don't have to deal with this stress anymore?