Oct 24, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT
Kennesaw State state coach Tony Ingle has a book called “I Don’t Mind Hitting Bottom, I Just Hate Dragging.” After a rough few years transitioning to D-I basketball, Ingle’s Owls may finally be done dragging.
The Owls return four starters from a team that finished 13-20 in their first year of D-I eligibility and reached the Atlantic Sun semifinals after knocking off No. 1 seed Lipscomb. Ingle also has seven new players to work into the mix. In all, he sounds optimistic.
“We’ve got experience, but it’s young experience,” Ingle told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The guys coming back understand each other. The team chemistry is better.”
If anyone can make a go of it, it’s Ingle. He took Kennesaw State to a D-II title in just his fourth season there. A guy who’s hit bottom – like an 0-19 season at BYU – knows how to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
(On a side note, grab the book if you get a chance. It’s funny and heartwarming. If you like it, check out “One Beautiful Season” by Kyle Whelliston, who co-wrote Ingle’s book. You can thank me later.)
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