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Wednesday February 20, 2002

ESPN.com: Finalists for Naismith coaches awards This is rich. Apparently there are 20 coaches out there who have done a better job than Jim Harrick this season. Apparently these other coaches have taken a preseason consensus last-place team and have their squads in good shape to win a division in the toughest conference in college basketball. Apparently all of those coaches also only returned four players with mostly reserve experience and turned them into the core of a Top 25 team.

For safe choices like Tubby Smith and Pete Gillen to make this list over guys who are producing better results with much less like Jim Harrick and Herb Sendek is a travesty. Gillen has only driven a top 10 team into the ground with a 6-6 ACC record.

Harrick doesn’t need other people letting him know how good of a coach he is – after all, he has already won the National Coach of the Year award in 1995. It would have been nice though to see him and the University get a little more attention for the job Harrick has done this season.

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