After covering the basketball games of the NCAA Men's Tournament this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum, I sat down for a marathon writing session — at least six hours — to bring you this week's cover piece, "A Cinderella story," available in today's YES! Weekly.
I burned through half a notebook and wrote a pen dry in gathernig information for the story — which topped out at more than 3,500 words — which touched on the games and the sport, why we love underdogs, the national sports media and my own NCAA bracket, which is holding up surprisingly well. But still I left out a pertinent piece of information.
As you may have gleaned from other coverage, the coach of the Lehigh Mountain Eagles, who upset Duke 75-70 in the coliseum Friday night and busted up just about everyone's brackets, has strong Triad roots. Brett Reed, in his fifth year at Lehigh, spent two years as head coach of the High Point University Panthers basketball team. Before that, he was head of basketball operations at UNCG. Also interesting, he is just one of three Division 1 coaches with a PhD.
I deeply regret the omission, which is no one's fault but my own, and I hope you like the story anyway.