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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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Oakland coach Greg Kampe’s ‘scheduling-up’ philosophy could be winding down

Greg Kampe’s rigorous scheduling philosophy came with several benefits for Oakland and its players — exposure, experience playing in the craziest atmospheres, RPI — and equally important, money. For opening the 2013-14, Oakland will take in more than $90,000 for games at North Carolina and UCLA.
In addition to making chartered flights to far-off lands of the Summit League possible, a travel philosophy Kampe credited in part to Oakland’s in-conference success in recent years, paydays like these help fund the entire athletic department.
With a change in Oakland’s travel itineraries coming this season in the Horizon League, the athletic seasons will likely involve far fewer chartered flights and a lot more busses. Director of athletics Tracy Huth said fewer “guarantee” games are likely in the future.
“(Coach Kampe has) tried to schedule the upper-RPI teams so recruits see who we’re playing,” Huth said. “We think playing in the Horizon League will be better when dealing with recruits. We think we can cut down on those high-end games. We’ll certainly keep some. You know Coach Kampe, he’s a competitive guy and he wants to play against the best. We’ll sit down, and we’ve talked about that."
Huth did say the previously-agreed upon games for 2013-14 are still on the schedule.

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