Here are a few quotes from new Texas State head men’s basketball coach Danny Kaspar from this afternoon’s introductory press conference. Kaspar will make $270,000 annually over his five-year contract with up to $100,000 from incentives.
On what helped sell him on this job: “Location is everything, as they say in real estate. Our location here in San Marcos will really help us in recruiting and even things like scheduling, where I had a lot of difficulty getting my schedule completed year in and year out. Some of that (scheduling) I think was our success and much of it was that we’re two-and-a-half hours from the nearest airport.
On scheduling at Stephen F. Austin: “It made it difficult for me to schedule games. Nobody wants to fly in from somewhere, get on a bus and bus two-and-a-half hours before you even start to practice. I’ve heard that from several coaches. They’d say, ‘Coach, I just need to find someone easier to play that’s not so hard to get to.’ That line was used against us many, many times.”
On how he can teach the Bobcats to play with discipline: “You tell them, ‘This is the way we’re going to do it guys and if you want to play, do it.’ You treat players differently with how you visit with them or talk with them, but you have standards you don’t bend.”
On his feelings once this job opened up: “I let my agent know that this is a job that interests me and if he could find out if there is any interest real quick; if not, let’s move on and I’ll stay at Stephen F. Austin.”
On how he can turn this around at Texas State: “I got to do a good job selling. I’ve got to have some people who are receptive to change in which they may have to sacrifice a couple of points per game. They’re going to get more attention as a result of winning. No one cares if you’re scoring 17 points per game, but your team only wins eight or nine games. That just doesn’t interest people.”
On improvements to Strahan Coliseum: “I don’t think Strahan is in terrible shape. As I told Dr. Trauth, ‘Your facilities are respectable. Are they Sweet 16 facilities? The answer is: ‘No.’ Are they Sun Belt Conference championship facilities? Probably, the answer is: ‘Not quite.’ If we’re all serious about winning the Sun Belt, some improvements probably need to be made.”