HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Dan D’Antoni knows for Marshall to be successful his team will need something extra.

D’Antoni is rebuilding the program from the ground up and believes pride for the name on the front of the jersey is the foundation for future success.

“I think the pride you instill in the kids help them win,” insists D’Antoni.

Schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and others top programs have their pick of the top recruits in the country. D’Antoni won’t have the luxury as he and his staff scour the country and beyond for prospects. He wants to find players that he can develop and instill the same pride and passion about Marshall and basketball that he possesses.

“I think sometimes people want to think it is all about talent. From this level we have to have more than that if we’re going to be competing against the Kentucky’s, West Virginia’s, Louisville’s and other top ranked universities,” knows D’Antoni.

D’Antoni wants his team to out-work and out-hustle the opposition. He firmly believes that players who are proud of the school and community they represent have more to play for than the player who knows he is only going to play one year of college basketball before turning pro.

“When you start putting good practice habits, a lot of pride in what you’re in what you’re doing, a love for the university and passion it takes to do any job, then wins will come,” D’Antoni believes.

You’re not going to hear any excuses about a lack of talent from D’Antoni. He compares his philosophy to and old-fashioned pick up game on the playground where the other team gets the first five picks and you get the second five.

“That’s fine. We’ll take those five and build from there. By having an excellent training program, practices that teach skills, and allow these players to catch up.”

And when those players to catch up D’Antoni is adamant Marshall will be able to compete and beat the top teams, not only in Conference USA but in the country.

“We have to beat them,” says D’Antoni concerning the top programs. “We have to beat them in how we train and how we work and we bring up our physical levels. We need to work hard in practices and work together.”

Why does D’Antoni believe this so strongly?

Because this was the case when donned the kelly green as a player.

“The team I was on did it. Bob Redd, Bob Allen, George Stone, Jim Davis and I, none of us were top picks in the country, yet when we lined up we had a chance to beat everybody. That’s what we got to get back here.”

“We’ll learn to compete. There’s a growing process anytime you change and you put new people in, a new coaching staff, a new way of playing, there is an adjustment period. Once all that is established we’ll give Marshall a great basketball program.”

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Comments

  • VaultHunter

    Also quick question.

    What pride and passion do they speak of??

    Dutch Miller? Geno's?

  • VaultHunter

    To bad your AD couldn't get the brother he wanted. This will be an epic fail on so many levels can't wait to see it.

    Come on Herd can you just try and make the NCAA just once...please.

    Oh well atleast you get to play WVU at the CCC in the primetime bball matchup of the year!

    You guys know how this goes sub season but as long as you beat WVU or was a beating WVU till them dag blamed refs screwed us you can beat your chest and talk about how you have a better coach and school and program.

    But in all seriousness the D brothers did an outstanding job with the Lakers and Knicks so you guys have every reason to believe that the brother who couldn't even get a head coaching job is the better of the two.

    Good Luck with that Herd!

  • rick

    Doc would leave Marshall in a split second if he could coach WVU. He's just at Marshall because he wanted a head coaching job so bad-----he didn't care who it was with. Marshall will always be second fiddle to WVU. Marshall fans will do and say anything to make WVU look bad. Isn't that right William? And others!!!

  • Barry

    I would much rather have D’Antoni as the head coach than Huggins if I were a Marshall fan. They now have better men's football and basketball coaches and time will prove it.

    • Steve

      Always knew you were a Marshall fan Barry. You may feel free to believe that Marshall has a better football coach in Doc even though he is 0-2 straight up against Holgerson. He has also never guided his team to a victory in a BCS bowl like Dana did. There's really no comparison between the two. Just like there's no comparison between the two athletic programs.

      You may also feel free to believe that the new Marshall basketball coach who is in his 60's and has never coached a college basketball game before is better than Bob Huggins. I would think that the 700+ wins Coach Huggins has might prove you wrong on that. There's also the matter of Coach Huggins guiding his teams to two final four appearances with one of those being with WVU. There's also the matter of Coach Huggins guiding WVU to the NCAA tournament five of his seven years as head coach. Marshall hasn't been to the NCAA tournament in 27 years. Again you can't compare the two programs because marshall's basketball program is pathetic and one of the worst in the country.

      Barry it's a free country so you can go ahead and make any comments that you like, but all you do is make yourself look bad. Your post is very uneducated. I am sure your fellow Marshall fans probably wish you would just go away.

      • Interesting123

        Troll much Steve? You're right there is no comparison between Doc and Holgs. One man took a program that was down for a few years and has it on the rise. Another has run one into the ground. Let trend in records speaks for itself. Doc has increased MU's talent while Holgs cant seem to find one single QB to save his job.

        Basketball is a different animal. I like what I have heard from D'antoni but how that translates to the floor has yet to be seen. I think it will take a bit for him to get players for his system. However, while there is no sure things in life, I dont see Danny getting any DUI's or having rumors flying about him being wasted at a coaching clinic.

        • Steve

          Hey interesting was I talking to you? WVU's football program will be just fine. You Marshall fans need to be concerned about your pathetic schedule as well as what y'all are planning on doing at QB once Cato is gone. Last year was WVU's rebuilding year after losing it's top 3 players to the first 2-3 rounds of the nfl draft. A healthy Clint Trickett translates to success. Just remember that last year there was only 1 team in wv that beat a nationally ranked team. The QB responsible for that victory was Clint Trickett!!

          • Barry

            Steve is just a jealous WVU Troll. That is why he is commenting here.

            As I recall Marshall and WVU played the same team last season. Who won those games?

    • Steve

      Always knew you were a Marshall fan Barry. You may feel free to believe that Marshall has a better football coach in Doc even though he is 0-2 straight up against Holgerson. He has also never guided his team to a victory in a BCS bowl like Dana did. There's really no comparison between the two. Just like there's no comparison between the two athletic programs.

      You may also feel free to believe that the new Marshall basketball coach who is in his 60's and has never coached a college basketball game before is better than Bob Huggins. I would think that the 700+ wins Coach Huggins has might prove you wrong on that. There's also the matter of Coach Huggins guiding his teams to two final four appearances with one of those being with WVU. There's also the matter of Coach Huggins guiding WVU to the NCAA tournament five of his seven years as head coach. Marshall hasn't been to the NCAA tournament in 27 years. Again you can't compare the two programs because marshall's basketball program is pathetic and one of the worst in the country.

      Barry it's a free country so you can go ahead and make any comments that you like, but all you do is make yourself look bad. Your post is very uneducated. I am sure your fellow Marshall fans probably wish you would just go away.

  • cutty77

    Marshall hired this guy,so they get Mike's Money. This is a Un Winable Job for anybody. Marshall has never replaced Greg White.

  • Interesting123

    Reminds me a lot of Doc. Has the vision and passion for the job. Willing to send people packing if they arent willing to do what is required of them. Believes nobody is above the program. Finally, has a plan to get there.

  • FNP

    Who's the coach again? Never heard of him before.

  • Jim Kinzer

    Aaaaaaaaaaannnnnnd


    Bye Bye Shane Hall.....

  • Jason

    I believe!

  • Jim

    I believe!

    • Mike

      Yawn!! Talk is cheap. I guess when you settle for brother #2 anything goes.