Coach Robinson, Angus Brandt Represent Beavers At Pac-12 Media Day
Nov. 1, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference held its annual Men's Basketball Media Day on Thursday at the Pac-12 Studios in San Francisco, Calif. Head coach Craig Robinson and senior center Angus Brandt were there to represent Oregon State, and the following are their quotes from the interview session with the print media.
THE MODERATOR: We'll go ahead and get started with Oregon State. We'll start with an opening statement from Coach [Robinson].
COACH ROBINSON: How is everybody doing? [We're] very excited to be here and seeing all this wonderful new Pac-12 Network stuff. It couldn't be a more exciting time for our program and for this conference. I'll start out by saying to Commissioner [Larry] Scott, this is just a terrific venue, a terrific season you've had so far, and we're looking forward to being a part of it.
Now, with regard to our team, I'm pretty excited. And I'll answer your first question: Even without Jared Cunningham I'm pretty excited. He'll be a tough guy to replace, but I'm confident and positive that every single player who is coming back knows how tough that is and has raised the bar for themselves. So, in an instant, you lose a prolific defender and a good part of your scoring, but the scoring part I don't think will be hard to replace. The defense is going to be tough. And we're dedicated to being a better defensive team, and I think if we can be as dominating on offense as we have been and get four more stops a game, I think we're going to be a pretty darn good team. I'm looking to this guy next to me to do a lot this year. He's put in a lot of work. I think you'll see a completely different Angus Brandt. I think the difference you'll notice first and foremost is the basketball attributes have gotten even better, but more importantly, the confidence level is there. Those of you out there who have played and coached know what I mean. When a player thinks he's good enough, he's good enough, and this guy on the right is definitely good enough. And then we have got a couple of pieces that are coming back. I'm real happy with our experience. This is a team that's played a lot of games together and only has two seniors. So with that, I'll open it up for questions.
THE MODERATOR: We'll go ahead and take questions from the group.
Q. Did any seven-footers call you after the DNC?
Q. Kind of continuing along that same line, if you could walk us through a day in the life of Craig Robinson leading up to the election. Will there be practice on November 6th?
If you're wondering about campaign stuff, I usually do that on my off days, the days these guys have off, or I'll do it after. We'll have practice in the morning, and I'll do something later on in the day, but we haven't missed a day of practice because of campaigning.
Q. Coach, Jared Cunningham aside, what are the main differences you see in this team from last year's team?
Q. Where will you be next Tuesday?
Q. Following up on Jeff's question, I'm assuming you would predict an Obama election, but how close do you think it's going to be?
Q. The other guy from Chicago, Ahmad Starks, he clearly can score the ball. How do you see his role next year?
Q. Is this the best frontcourt that you've had in your time, and how much of a challenge is that going to be divvying up minutes?
Q. You talked about defense. Who is your best defender?
Q. Angus, I'm not going to let you skate without answering one. As a fellow Australian, Brock Motum coming up next. When you go home, who has got the better reputation?
COACH ROBINSON: And for those of you who don't know, the AIS is the Australian Institute of Sports. And you went to?
Angus Brandt: I went to the New South Wales Institute of Sports.
COACH ROBINSON: So it's a little bit like Oregon State and the neighbors down the way. (Laughter.)
THE MODERATOR: Gentlemen, that will do it. Thank you so much.
COACH ROBINSON: Thanks a lot.
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