It's different. Bruiser Flint made that clear. After being let go by Drexel, still being paid for this season, Flint is kind of like a basketball tourist with inside access. If there's a game in town, there's a decent chance Flint is there unless he's on a road trip seeing other coaches, getting to their practices.
The crowd inside Villanova's Pavilion was asked to stick around as video screens paid tribute to the building itself, opened in 1986, now closed for renovation until the 2018-19 season. The screens showed highlights through the decades. Villanova players, wearing their latest Big East champion T-shirts, just earned with a Saturday afternoon win over Creighton, laughed at the sight of their coach as a younger man.
Last week's theme was how nobody in the City Six after Villanova has a shot at an at-large NCAA bid, and that's still obviously true, although Penn has been furiously digging out of its 0-6 Ivy hole. A 4-6 record now puts the Quakers in either the driver's seat or at least the front passenger's spot for the last opening at the four-team Ivy tournament. That spot could come down to Saturday's game at Columbia.
Torrey Brooks Jr. of Glassboro hears his father say, once you cross that bridge, the game changes, so here Torrey is, wearing No. 9 in a red Sixers jersey in the Right Turn Youth Academy League, inside a converted warehouse at G and Erie in Philadelphia's Juniata section.
Temple women's coach Tonya Cardoza didn't let Owls point guard Feyonda Fitzgerald get to the timeout huddle. Cardoza stopped her a few steps short, put an arm around Fitzgerald's shoulder. This wasn't a rant or a lecture. The facial expressions suggested pep talk.
During the time Ed Foley was Temple's interim football coach, after Matt Rhule had left for Baylor, Foley made the point that, despite all the fine seniors graduating, the future was bright, that an era had not ended. He was talking about the physical dimensions of the Owls who were ready to move up on the depth chart.
So if Villanova takes 34 three-pointers and makes six, they're vulnerable, even if seven might have done the trick Tuesday at Marquette. That's all a given and, by the way, was true last season. A tough shooting night spelled danger. The only time it happened in the NCAA tournament, against Kansas, Villanova's defense carried that day.
If you've never heard of Charlie Brown - wait, everyone's heard of Charlie Brown. It's rare that a St. Joseph's freshman basketball player, already demonstrating advanced skills on Hawk Hill, gets through a day without some reference to . . . being Charlie Brown.
NEWARK, Del. - The call didn't go the way Dionte Christmas wanted. He thought he'd gotten the clean block. Sure the refs say before games: You miss some shots, right? We miss some calls. His initial flurry of anger also was about letting his man get backdoor on him, forcing the ref to make a decision, block or foul.
Among other assignments, Mike Jensen writes "Off Campus," a regular column on college sports for the Inquirer. A staff writer with the paper since 1988, Jensen covered college basketball and football beats for 15 years, wrote about soccer from 10 countries on five continents, and was assigned to the Kentucky Derby the year of Smarty Jones. He won Eclipse Awards for his coverage of Smarty Jones and Barbaro.