- Apr 19, 2009
I think that started while Coach Smart was here, probably post Final 4. They arrive to all away games the night before and stay overnight so they are not riding on a bus before a game. Also no bus trips outside of the state (unless they are being punished). It is more expensive, but it is better for the players. Smart did get a raise every year, but he really focused on program enhancements, retaining assistants, and raising money for the practice facility. We did lose assistants, but only for head coaching gigs which you can't really compete with.The team is already in Norfolk relaxing in the hotel. Kind of wild.