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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Greg Kampe flashing his penmanship?

The annonymous sports blog in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine is "NCAA Coach X." Sure, it could be anybody, but is it possible that the entry titled "Every coach likes to think he matters. And we do. A little" could have been written by Oakland coach Greg Kampe? The evidence: The lede (journo lingo for the first paragraph) mentions Tom Izzo in the first sentence. It could be nothing, but Kampe is known for referencing the maestro in East Lansing.
"Tom Izzo may have six Final Four appearances, but before that, he had none."
Later, another reference to one of Kampe's favorite coaches: West Virginia's Bob Huggins.
Kampe has mentioned in some interviews about how having talented players is of equal importance to having a quality coach.
"Look. I'm not afraid to admit it: Good players make good coaches. ... 6--9, 250 beats 6-6, 205 almost every day of the week."
Again, it could just be coachspeak, but I know I've heard it at least once this season.
The clincher - Self-depreciating humor the good-natured Golden Grizzlies' coach is known for:
"The one thing I can't do is act like I know what I'm talking about when I don't" and "In the end, coaches probably get too much credit when their teams win and too much of the blame when they don't."
Read it online with an ESPN Insider account or buy the mag on newstands. It's the fiction issue, but there's a very real possibility Greg Kampe just picked up his first byline (look it up).
UPDATE: Kampe, a broadcast journalism major at Bowling Green ('78) who used to teach a sports writing class at Oakland, denies writing the guest column in ESPN the Magazine.

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