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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Texas A&M's Gary Blair discusses how he stays hip

Gary Blair became the oldest coach to win an NCAA title in women's basketball last season, leading Texas A&M to the championship at age 65.

But Blair, who brought his team to Bristol, Conn., this week prior to Tuesday night's matchup with UConn in the Jimmy V Classic (ESPN2 and ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET), says his job keeps him going.

Gary Blair
Gary Blair's national title was Texas A&M's first NCAA basketball championship for men or women.

"Each year, I get a year older, and I work with 18- [to] 22-year-olds every year. They keep me young and they keep me challenged," Blair said. "I love to hear there's drama in their lives a lot more than mine. My version of drama is a little bit different because I'm trying to figure out a way to refinance my jumbo loan right now. They've got that cell phone and the text messages going, and they're thinking about what their relationships are. And their lives are different. I cannot think of ever retiring and doing nothing."

While Blair blames his players for his eternal youth, they too say they've had a little to do with it.

"We keep him really young," senior guard Sydney Carter said. "When he needs to know what's hip, like nowadays, he comes to me. I help him out with his personality. We keep him pretty up to date on what's hot."

Like what?

"The Wobble," Blair said.

"Yeah, we just taught him some dances," Carter said. "Last year, he did The Dougie, and this year was The Wobble. He asked me to teach him the South Dallas Swag, which is another dance that's out, and I just don't think he has the rhythm to do it. I'm trying to let him get warmed up before I teach him that."