Some of the best from Thursday’s Hoopfest at the Ford Center:
Men’s coach Marty Simmons on what’s going through his mind while he coaches with a microphone on: “Be careful.”
And did women’s coach Oties Epps hold back a bit while miked up? “Yeah, honestly I did,” he said, laughing.
While on the mic, Simmons joked with a referee about his positioning on the court: “He was my 7th grade basketball coach back home, and he’s my insurance guy. He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever been around — terrific guy.”
More from Simmons on Hoopfest: ”This is a pretty good group we have. They understand how important our fans are and the tradition of Evansville. We wouldn’t have the opportunities we have if not for the fans, and I’m very proud in their ability to show their appreciation.”
More from Epps on Hoopfest: “This is extremely important. It gives us a chance to connect our program with the community. During the course of our season, people might not be able to come in and do that, so at least once a season they’re able to come out, meet the players and get autographs.”
Senior guard Ned Cox: “I think it’s big — things like this getting to interact with the fans. They get to see us as more than just basketball players. They see us as people.”