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Interview w/ Texas A&M's Head Coach Gary Blair
September 11, 2018
Listen to The Houston Roundball Review's interview with Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. Coach Blair discusses his 2018-'19 squad which has 9 sophomores including Chennedy Carter. Last season, Carter was the National Freshman of the Year. Coach Blair also mentions the Aggies' schedule for '18-'19; and, he describes how he got into coaching plus how long he plans to continue coaching.
00:26 -- Rather than the term icon, Coach Blair prefers I-Can / the 2018-'19 team
"I can coach this game. I can give back to this game; and, I can recruit this game."
"We've got a strong class of 9 sophomores, 2 juniors, and 2 seniors."
"We lost a lot of points; and a lot of rebounds; and a lot of leadership. But, this is what A&M is built on whether you're a student-athlete or not. A&M is built on leadership."
"So, don't tell me what we've lost. I'm going to tell you what we have; and, what we have is a group that really bonded together this summer."
04:25 -- Coach Blair's expectations for Chennedy Carter in her sophomore season
07:20 -- Practice sessions in the summer
09:10 -- Non-conference schedule
10:45 -- Conference schedule
11:37 -- Rice Owls and Houston Cougars
13:23 -- Keeping up with the other women's basketball teams in Texas
"It's not good for the game. I promise you. But, at the same time, we have to adjust to today's generation."
"We sign a kid for four years; and, hopefully, it will turn into a 40 year degree from Texas A&M."
"There's no such thing as being successful all the time when you're 18 years old. You've got to experience a little bit of failure; then, pick yourself up and go forward."
16:59 -- How he got bitten by the coaching bug
"I'll tell you all about failure. And success. And picking your way up. And not having a lot of money. And teaching for seven thousand dollars my first year."
20:05 -- My best job was my first job -- Dallas South Oak Cliff High School
"I felt needed. They needed me; and, I needed them."
21:35 -- Coach Blair dancing: "junk in the trunk"
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"But, I promise you. I will never, never do that one minute thing again. I'll do some others with the kids; but, I will not do that one because that went viral. That was worse than my Dougie. My Dougie was better than that."
23:38 -- Tradition of tossing out candy before the games
"I copied it from Van Chancellor."
25:50 -- How much longer he plans to coach
"I'm going to go as long as you go; and, you're a lot younger than I am. What am I gonna do when I retire?"
27:38 -- The WNBA Finals
"I'd love for my friend Dan Hughes to beat my other friend Mike Thibault."
"Back when the Comets were winning, it (the W) was good back then; but, I guarantee you it's twice as good (now) as it was back then."
"What their salary they're getting in the WNBA is like Uber-money for the NBA guys."
29:45 -- The top college teams in '18-'19
"I really like, in the SEC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia, ourselves, and Missouri. I will say those teams had the most coming back; and, none of their coaches graduated either."
32:26 -- Conclusion
"Let's get the (Women's) Final Four there. Let's get the Crickets' fields going. Let's enjoy all the schools that's around Houston; and, let's just have a good year."
"Remember, I'll retire when you retire; and, you're a whole lot younger."
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