On his annual visit to Illinois Wesleyan, Augustana basketball coach Grey Giovanine was his usual volatile self, whining for every call. But he sunk to a new low this year. A little verbal jockeying towards IWU’s Victor Davis early in the game was met with a response by the player. In short, Grey muttered something like “let him shoot, we want him to take that shot.” After Davis drained the 3-pointer, he returned the salvo with something like “that’s for you Coach G.”
It’s that time again – an evening watching Augustana’s men’s basketball team when they come to town for a conference clash with Illinois Wesleyan. This is always a great rivalry – Wesleyan is rated #25 in the country, and #6 Augustana started the season as the top-ranked team.
Perhaps, it’s more accurate to say I enjoy watching the visiting coach pace the sidelines as the teams battle. Continue Reading
It’s a bit late in coming since the game was a week ago, but it’s still worth commenting on.
The topic is Division III basketball, and in this case, a recent game at Illinois Wesleyan University, home of the Titans.
There are those, and I have many friends that fall in this category, that just don’t like college basketball in the “non-scholarship” division.
“They aren’t athletic enough,” I’ve heard them say.
“They’ll never make a professional team.”
“I like the atmosphere in a big arena.”
It’s the last comment I especially don’t agree with.
Although crowds vary in size at every athletic venue, it’s always an intimate and electric environment at IWU when a conference team comes to town.
On this night, it was Augustana and their colorful coach Grey Giovanine. Continue Reading