Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The 64-coach free-throw shooting contest
By Diamond Leung
Sixty-four head coaches are set to participate in Shots from the Heart, a season-long free throw shooting contest complete with an NCAA tournament-style bracket that raises awareness for the fight against heart disease and honors the memory of Skip Prosser, the Wake Forest coach who died of a heart attack in 2007.
Beginning this month, the coaches once a month will shoot 25 foul shots with a staff member at each campus tallying up the results. Bragging rights will be involved, of course, given the 64-coach format.
In a nod to the NCAA tournament-style event, an intriguing first-round match-up features Kansas coach Bill Self getting a chance to get a form of revenge against Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson, whose team stunned the top-ranked Jayhawks last March.
New Mexico's Steve Alford, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Minnesota's Tubby Smith and Butler's Brad Stevens are also among those scheduled to participate, as is Arizona coach Sean Miller, who finished his career at Pitt as one of the top free throw shooters in NCAA Division I history at 88.5 percent.
"I'm really looking forward to participating in this event, not just to raise awareness for the battle against heart disease, but to honor the memory of Skip Prosser," Miller said in a statement. "He and I share a connection as former coaches at Xavier, and I have a great deal of respect for him. I was honored to be invited and am definitely willing to help in this cause."
The contest is being administered by collegeinsider.com, and to avoid ties, the first 20 shots are worth a point each, the next four are worth two points and the final shot is worth three.
Sixty-four assistant coaches, including Wofford's Mark Prosser, Skip's son, are also participating in a separate contest.