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College Quotebook – January 15th – 24th

by Nicholas Lozito

Alisa Lewis: Long Socks And Big Smiles

“Can’t you just see her watching over us? I can see her, sitting on that rim, smiling that smile, swinging her legs and just smiling down on us.”

— California women’s basketball coach Caren Horstmeyer talks about her former player Alisa Lewis, 20, who died last Monday of bacterial meningitis.

“When we both came to Cal, I asked her one day about her long socks and knee pads. And she said, ‘My dad always told me girls should have nice knees and legs.’ And we looked each other in the eye, and just bust out laughing for hours.”

— Lewis’ former Cal teammate Renee White at last week’s memorial services.

“There is a basketball court in heaven, and she is on it.”

— Horstmeyer, reading a quote from Lewis’ mother, Diane, at last week’s memorial services.

Hear This…

“He told me, ‘Lance, you’ve weaseled yourself through life using your hearing as an excuse. You’re a disgrace to cripples. If I was a cripple in a wheelchair and saw (the way) you play basketball, I’d shoot myself.'”

— Former Utah center Lance Allred alleged that Ute coach Rick Majerus berated him about his partial hearing loss. Majerus was cleared of the allegations through a university investigation. Allred has transferred to Weber State.

“If the allegations were accurate, we would not tolerate that in the classroom. Should it be tolerated in athletics?”

— Interim university president Lorris Betz, who told the Salt Lake tribune he was confident with the investigation process.

Quit Or Cut?

“I was like, `What are you trying to do? Make me quit? If that’s the case just come out and say it and I’ll go home and pack up all my Nevada issue stuff and give it back to you.”

— Former Nevada forward Deane Brown, who says his former coach Trent Johnson forced him off the team.

“Dean and I met today and we both came to the agreement and felt it was in the best interest that Dean concentrate on getting healthy and focus on his academics.”

— In a statement made January 13, Johnson said that it was a mutual agreement for Brown to leave the team following December knee surgery.

“He doesn’t know how to talk to nobody and how to treat people…. I’m grateful for him giving me a scholarship and all. But one thing my mother and pops say about me is if I’m treated unfair, I’ll speak my mind. I’m not going to sit there and take it like other people…. In sports period, nobody believes the players. Everybody believes the coach. Whatever the coach says is the truth,” Brown added.

Cardinal Sin: Dwelling On The Past

“Wednesday night, do you know there was like 5 million people watching that game … watching us get our tails kicked…. If somebody hit you in your face, don’t you want to fight back?”

— Even after their 83-47 victory on Saturday over Southern Mississippi, Cincinnati guard Tony Bobbitt was still thinking about the Bearcats’ 93-66 loss on Wednesday at Louisville.

“They were angry at Louisville, but they didn’t get a chance to play Louisville, so they took it out on us.”

— Southern Mississippi coach James Green after the game

Who’s The Man?

“I’m just a big-time player.”

— Oklahoma State’s Joey Graham comments after a 21-point, ten-rebound performance in a 72-67 win over Texas.

“They have some big country boys, Texas. They’re pretty big down there. If we can rebound with the best of them, we’ll always have a great chance,” Graham added.

Just Win One, Baby

“We’re doing what we can, but the players we have are not as good as some of the other teams in this league.”

— Loyola (Maryland) College athletic director Joe Boylan, who’s men’s basketball program is four losses away from tying Grambling’s mark of 33-consecutive Division I losses.

“Everybody teases us about it.”

— Loyola guard Jamaal Dixon

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