There were days this past winter when Bruiser Flint was snowbound in his Philadelphia home, watching television and keeping to himself.
Did he want to return to coaching, or did he want to try something Fliny. So he traveled the country, found work as a television analyst and took time to reflect.
Indiana, however, offered Flint a unique opportunity. Flint, a four-time Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, had been a head coach for 20 consecutive seasons, with stops at Massachusetts to and Drexel tountil he was ousted following a season in March At that point, Flint wanted a break. He wanted to step away, travel and view the game of basketball through a different lens.
Flint moved around the country visiting NBA and college practices. He visited friend and mentor John Calipari at Kentucky, took in practices at Cincinnati and Indiana, too.
But like I said, being around the IU guys, you see they have really great enthusiasm and they really work hard. Both coaches wish to groom tough players who value defense.
It was about playing defense, playing with toughness, challenging the guys a little bit. Reflecting now, Flint leans on some wisdom provided by legendary Temple coach John Chaney. I missed the interaction with the players and gkrls kids and just being on a college campus all the time and being around the young people.
But Indiana, you know, the opportunity to come and work at a place like this is unbelievable.