Sunday, February 06, 2000

Five questions with Skip Prosser

        Skip Prosser is in his sixth season as head coach of the Xavier men's basketball team. His XU teams have won 119 games, making him the second-winningest coach in the program's history behind his former boss, Pete Gillen (202 victories). Prosser took time Friday to answer five questions from The Enquirer's Michael Perry.

        If you didn't coach basketball, what sport could you coach?

        “I wouldn't mind coaching football. I like the aggressive nature of it.”

        Speaking of football, how have you dealt with the Pittsburgh Steelers' troubles the last few years?

        “I grew up a fan. It was part of my culture. It was part of everybody's culture back there (in Pittsburgh). I have a very genuine concern, but I've had my own concerns, so I haven't had much time to dwell on it, especially this year.”

        The most memorable sporting event you attended that you were not a participant in?

        “I remember being there (at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium) for the Immaculate Reception. (I remember) being downcast. I saw the ball get deflected. Despair. Then the roar of the crowd, and looking down at the field and seeing No.32 (Franco Harris) running the other way with the ball. That was pretty exciting.

        “I saw (Roberto) Clemente's 3,000th and final hit, too. And the first game ever at Three Rivers. (The Pirates) played the Reds actually.”

        The single toughest player you've had to prepare for?

        “Lamar Odom (formerly of Rhode Island, now with the L.A. Clippers) was pretty tough to prepare for. He could do so many things, and he was 6-9, 6-10. There were a lot of ways he could go to hurt you.”

        What book are you reading right now?

        “I just finished "The Great Shame,' (about) the Irish diaspora, the potato famine and the different rebellions in the 1800s.”


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