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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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Date of next FSD All-Access episode uncertain, players miked during NDSU loss

It hasn’t been announced when the next “Oakland All-Access” program will air on Fox Sports Detroit, but according to a press release by the network, the second episode won’t air before Feb. 8. During Tuesday’s practice, Oakland coach Greg Kampe shed some light on how the series came to be.
“With the NBA lockout, there were programming issues,” he said. “With Oakland basketball being part of their package, Detroit had been doing a similar monthly show, and they wanted to know if we’d be interested in something like that.
“The answer was ‘yes,’ but i didn’t want it to be (like something we already do). I didn’t want it to be a typical coach’s show.”
The FSD crew was given carte blanche around the O’rena.
“I said ‘We’ll open our facilities and you can come in and show people what college basketball really is. Fans don’t know what’s going on. They see me running up and down the sideline screaming and yelling, but they don’t know what’s being said in the locker room. They don’t know what’s there. They don’t know what a road trip is.”
The end result pleased the long-time Oakland coach.
“I thought it was pretty realistic,” Kampe said. “I don’t know if it was good or bad, but it would’ve been better if they were with us in the Dakotas when we swept them.
“They saw the reality of winning and losing and they saw what life was like on the road.”
Kampe guessed the next episode will feature the Dakotas’ visit to the O’rena last week, noting some players were miked up during the latter of the two, which the Bison won on a last-second 3-pointer.
“I would guess they’re looking at the length of the season and … the final episode is probably going to be looking at the tournament,” Kampe said.

I’ll pass along details as they become available.

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