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Team spirit improves under new staff



Re: UA interim coach Russ Pennell

Russ Pennell has done a fine job. The most impressive improvement this year has been development of team spirit.

Sparked by recent successes of the team, Russ Pennell has become a media magnet. He’s been interviewed quite a bit lately, and rightfully so.

Here’s a suggestion. Pennell needs to do a better job of acknowledging the substantial contributions of the staff, particularly Mike Dunlap and Reggie Geary.

Few will deny Dunlap and Geary have had much to do with the amazing, mid-year resurgence of this Arizona team.


In a lot of ways, Pennell is the administrator. True he is the leader, but Dunlap and Geary are the ones that put everything into action.


Russ and the staff have done a great job. We alums have a tremendous amount of respect for him stepping up to captain the ship. No doubt Russ will land on his feet at another fine program.


He’s a good coach. With everything these players and coaches have gone through, we should be thankful that we even have a chance at being in the NCAA Tournament.


Re: UA-ASU basketball game

A little man-to-man defense would be nice. Arizona let a couple players go off that had no business going off. Arizona played right into ASU’s game plan of slowing the tempo down. Athletically Arizona matches up well with ASU and they should have mixed up their ‘D’ way more.


The UA/ASU game was a great college game. I was disappointed in Budinger’s 3-point shooting . . . missing 4 out of 5, but everyone else shot well. Chase has been playing well since he was stepped on. The team has shown great fight and spirit.


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