"The best thing about freshmen is that
they become sophomores."

Scott Walsh of the Scranton Times Tribune reminds us of a statement made by former basketball coach and colorful TV analyst, Al McGuire.  Al said "The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores."  Al  was known for his success at Marquette University.  His first head coaching job came in 1957 at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.  Then he moved on to Coach Al McGuire
 Marquette for a thirteen year run, and in 1977, his team won the NCAA championship with a 67-59 victory over North Carolina, his last game as a coach.
The question- is this statement valid today-"The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores." Al suggested that freshmen were prone to more mistakes.  But remember, Joe Paterno felt the same way and changed his position in recent years.
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!" And Al McGuire once said "Winning is only important in war and surgery,"  However, there is another saying, "There are only two types of coaches, those who have been fired and those who will be fired."  And fans, parents, and basketball aficionados demand that their team WIN, WIN, WIN!  Most fans and parents do not accept the fact that in every game played, half of the teams  lose!! Only half can win.
 Another fact, today's premier players expect to be given early playing time or they will transfer to another school.  The constant legal assault on the PIAA's Transfer Rule caused that organization to relax their stand against transfers and now its easy to make that move.
It's really pretty simple, if you want to win and you want to keep your coaching job, play your best players, regardless of their year in school!
Using Freshmen players?
What would Al McGuire do today?
He would not start a freshman.
He would use his best players regardless of class.
He would not give any playing time to a freshman.

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(Credits: Scranton Times-Tribune, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame)

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