Good read linked below on Oregon head coach Dana Altman. The article was written in the week leading up to this past spring’s Final Four where Altman’s Oregon Ducks lost 77-76 to North Carolina. Appearing in the Omaha World-Herald, the piece explores Altman’s 16-year tenure at Creighton and how his “Spread Offense” came to be. Altman has long been one of my favorite coaches to watch because I feel he’s always a year or two ahead of the game’s trends. I appreciate Brandon Chambers for passing this article along.
You learn quickly in junior college that conditions are never ideal. Players are flawed, sometimes tangibly, sometimes intangibly, sometimes both. So high-brow theories take a backseat to pragmatism. Effort trumps execution. “One of the things that I think is the most underrated in athletics is the ability to find a way,” Rasmussen said. “It’s not, ‘I gave it my best shot.’ It’s, ‘I’ll find a way.’ Dana’s wired as much as anybody I’ve ever been around to figure out a way to get it done.”