Chat session with Bruiser Flint
From ESPN.com, 12/10/1998

Moderator at 11:34pm ET
Hey everyone, thanks for joining us tonight ... UMass threatened to upset the No. 1 ranked Huskies, but UConn pulled out the win. The game just ended here in Amherst, Mass., and we will be chatting with UMass head coach Bruiser Flint about a half hour from this post (approximately 12:10 a.m. ET). Stay tuned ...


Bruiser Flint at 12:26am ET
Hello, how are you doing? Thanks for coming in ... tough game tonight. Send your questions.
howard from west philly from [216.75.8.32], at 12:28am ET
Hey Brew I don't know if you remember me or not but we played 10-12 at sherwood together. I just want to say good luck with this season, and keep up the good work . P.s. tell flint I said hello? Later.
Bruiser Flint at 12:29am ET
A few of the boys from Sherwood were at the game tonight and so was my dad. Keep rooting!!
Big Smooth from public.rwc.webtv.net at 12:32am ET
What was the key factoe in your loss tonight?
Bruiser Flint at 12:32am ET
At times we struggled scoring, when we had chances we didn't capitalize on the offensive end.
Adam from tnt2.thousand-oaks.ca.da.uu.net at 12:33am ET
Yeah, did you really think that you had a chance to beat UCONN?

Bruiser Flint at 12:35am ET
Of course I did, I thought it was the best thing to happen to us coming off some tough losses because we had to find out where we were and how we would respond. I also thought we matched up with them well, especially on the defensive end.
lou from [208.169.105.87] at 12:37am ET
what about the emothion that you guys played with you have to be happy with effort and emotion your kids showed tonight
Bruiser Flint at 12:38am ET
Of course I did, I thought it was the best thing to happen to us coming off some tough losses because we had to find out where we were and how we would respond. I also thought we matched up with them well, especially on the defensive end.
Eric '92 from tnt1.corpus-christi.tx.da.uu.net at 12:39am ET
Dicky V said he thinks UMass will be 9-5 by the 14 game mark. Do you think those expectations are reasonable.
Bruiser Flint at 12:40am ET
Absolutely. He's right on target, that's I'll I need to say.
Rip from ipt.aol.com at 12:42am ET
Does UCONN deserve to be the number 1 team in the nation? What do you think of UCONN's frontcourt depth and talent? Best of luck in the A10 this year, but this is UCONN's year to make the Final Four!
Bruiser Flint at 12:45am ET
I think they're really good, they've got a lot of weapons on the offensive end. I think in order for them to make a run to the Final Four, the big guys have to be more consistent offensively. The most important thing about tournament play are the guards and they have some of the best in the country and if their big men can step up, they have just as good a chance as anyone in the country. They deserve their ranking.
Alex C. from rutgers.edu at 12:47am ET
How did you get to where you are now? and who inspired you the most?
Bruiser Flint at 12:53am ET
I started coaching small kids in college as a freshman and by my senior year I was coaching high school kids -- Fang Mitchell was the head coach and gave me an opportunity (not for a lot of money) and threw me into the fire of being an assistant coach gave me an opportunity to teach and recruit right out of college. I met John Calipari and Billy Bayno at the Five Star camp and Howard Garfinkel gave me an opportunity to learn a lot at the camp.

I built a relationship with Cal and Billy and the rest is history. We've all lived out our dreams trying to be successful head coaches.

Actually I've always enjoyed watching Larry Brown teams play and my dad was also a coach for little kids and those guys pretty much inspired me to go after my goals. Jim Foster, the women's coach at Vanderbilt, told me while I was in college he thought I could have a bright future as a coach so I went out and tried to pursue it.

That's it. I thank everybody for coming out tonight. Keep rooting for UMass. Go Minutemen.
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