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June 12
 
We’re ranked #7 in preseason polls.
 
We look at the transfer pool but there’s no one there we have any interest in.
 
June 26
We have 2 scholarships and we need guards. Looking at 8.
 
August 7
3 on the Norton list: PG Kori Ellis #16, C Keb Cobb #20, C Khal Green #36.
 
August 21
 
We offer to a PG and an SG.
 
September 11
We get our PG, #13 rated in the pool.
 
September 18
 
We get our SG. #7. Both are iffy as to whether they will hit our SAT score so we’ll keep talking to recruits.
 
Disappointed not to be invited to an early season tournament. 10 ranked teams on the schedule.
 
October 2
 
First day of practice. I think we will definitely be competitive. 
We’re picked to finish 1st in our conference, with #9 UConn 2nd, then Memphis, Cincy, Tulsa.
 
With winter coming on Papa Joe is concerned about how many homeless people will suffer in cold climates. He is working on plans to have many of his feeding stations open as overnight shelters. The operation is expanding both in the U. S. and abroad. They will feed about three times as many in 2015 as they did in 2013.
 
November 6
And we have a lineup, pretty firm at 1 and 5, up for grabs, at least somewhat at the other spots. Kori Ellis is our PG. Newcomer Andy Ayg looks like a budding superstar and he’ll play mostly C, although he can play anywhere in an emergency. Mo Ladd is my other guard but Em Ecks looks awfully good so they’ll share time. Khal Green is at 3 and Keb Cobb at 4 but Ted Day will get lots of minutes and could well wind up starting. I need to find minutes for Chaz Sork and Lee Kidd, both of whom look good but are caught in the middle.
 
November 20
 
We start off with 2 home wins. We beat Cal 91-55 behind 24 and 10 from Andy Ayg. Kori did a great job of leading the attack and Chaz Sork had 14 from the bench in only 7 minutes. 12 TOs, 39 RBs.
 
#17 Creighton was more of a challenge, 69-62. Ayg had 28, 14, and he looks like the real thing! 12, 5, 5 for Kori, 10 for Em Ecks from the bench. 7 and 10 for Keb Cobb. 10 TOs, 46 RBs. We’re now #4 in the country.
 
#13 No. Carolina and #3 New Mexico, both at home this week.
 
An early cold snap caused great suffering among the homeless population in the Midwest. Papa Joe is working furiously to get more shelters in place at his feeding stations.
 
November 27
 
We had 2 more ranked teams at home this week. We beat #13 No. Carolina 85-66. 33 and 10 for Andy Ayg in this one. Em Ecks had 16, 3, 5 filling in at guard. Kori was in foul trouble all night and played just 12 minutes but Em was terrific. 8, 7, 2 for Keb. 5 TOs, 33 RBs.
 
We beat #3 New Mexico 82-64. 37, 7, 2 for Andy, who seems stronger every game. 15, 8, 5 for Mo Ladd, 9, 4, 7 for Kori. 13 RBs for Keb. Good bench play, 8 TOs, 40 RBs.
 
We’re now #3 and our stats are off the charts. Considering 3 of the 4 games were against ranked opponents it’s really impressive. 
 
At Michigan State and home to #24 Duke this week.
 
December 4
The road is tough. Michigan ST beat us 54-57. We shot only 33.3% and were 3-23 from long range. Andy had only 17, 8, 4, Em had 10, and no one else had more than 7. 14 TOs, a season high (but +3), -5 RBs. We fell behind early and spent the night playing catch up and we never quite go there.
 
Then we came home and beat #24 Duke 51-37. Only 8 TOs, +4 RBs, and great D. Andy had 17 and 10, 9, 1, 5 for Mo and good bench play, but it was the D.
 
Another tough road game this week against #13 UNLV. Then home with #5 Oregon.
 
December 11
 
We’ve played 6 home games, 2 road games. We won all 6 at home and lost both on the road. 48-60 at UNLV. 15 TOs, our new high for the year, but 43 RBs. Andy had 18 and 7 despite foul trouble. 9, 8, 1 for Kori. Khal had 12 RBs. 8 and 7 for Keb. We shot 27.1%, 1-13 from long range. That explains a great deal.
 
We beat #5 Oregon here 77-52. Andy had 30 and 14, Khal 11 and 9, Mo 14, 0, 5. 6, 6, 6 for Kori, and good bench play. 9 TOs, 39 RBs.
 
Admittedly we’ve played tough teams on the road but we need to win away from home. This week it’s Latrobe ST here, then Kansas, unranked but always tough, there.
 
December 18
 
8-2 after a 2 win week. We beat Latrobe ST 65-45 here. 20, 10, 4, with 5 steals for Andy. 11, 8, 2 for Keb. 12 TOs, 37 RBs. 
 
Then we went to Kansas and won- barely. 16 lead changes, 8 ties, and we won 56-54 when Andy hit 2 free throws with less than a second left. He had 14, 12, 2, 3. 
 
The other starters, Ted and Em all contributed. We played good D. 44 RBs (+19), but we survived a truly horrible 27 TOs, more than twice our average.
 
This week it’s BYU there. 
 
December 25
A really tough loss to BYU, 76-77. They doubled Andy who had 11, 4, 2, 3. Keb had 11, 5, Kori led us with 18, 4, 5. We did a lot of things right but we gave up 13 threes, and that was the difference. We end the pre-conf. season at 8-3. 
 
We start conf. play at home with #16 Memphis.


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January 1, 2015
 
62-50 over Memphis. They were all over Andy all night long. They got in foul trouble but he did, too. He wound up with 12 and 8. Kori led us with 21, 7, 5, 4 steals. Keb and Ted had 9 each. +5 TOs, and a good win over a tough team.
 
This week we’re at 7-5, 1-0 SMU, and then we host 8-4, 1-0 Winthrop.
 
Sing came to me yesterday, concerned that Papa Joe is working too hard.
 
“He does not get enough sleep. He comes to bed and an hour or two later he is up and downstairs on the computer. If I go to him and ask him to return to bed he tells me he will be there soon. I fall asleep and when I wake later he is still downstairs. He is 65 years old and he looks tired all the time.”
 
She asked me to speak with him. I will, as soon as I can.
 
Mai is doing great with the people she works with here. She is the director of the research team and they are doing some very impressive things. She and I have a great relationship. We’ve been married for nearly 16 years, amazing as it sounds, and we still get along wonderfully well. We don’t spend as much time together as we like but that’s my only complaint about the marriage. 
 
January 8
 
We beat SMU, there, 66-55. They controlled the first 14-15 minutes building an 11 point lead. We chipped away and led by 1 at the half. The 2nd half was all ours. 22, 6 for Andy, 13, 6, 10 for Kori, and great work by the subs. 13 TOs, 41 RBs.
 
Then we came home and beat Winthrop 66-52. We led this one all the way after the first 2-3 minutes. 19, 6 for Andy, 15, 2, 2 for Mo, solid play by all 8 who got into the game. 9 TOs. -6 on the boards but it didn’t matter.
 
We’re 11-3, 3-0, and the only undefeated team in conf. Ranked #5, RPI 3.
 
This week it’s on the road with SO. FL, 4-10, 1-2, and then home with Central FL, 8-6, 0-3.
 
I spoke with Papa Joe. He seems to have lost his center. He is definitely working too hard. He can’t seem to let go regarding the sufferings of hungry and homeless people.
 
“No matter what we do there are still people starving, and still people suffering, and sometimes dying in the cold.”
 
“Papa Joe, you are helping millions-”
 
“Yes, I know but-”
 
“No, listen to me! You are probably doing more than anyone in history ever has. In time you will reduce the numbers of hungry and homeless people to a small percent of what it is now. It takes time.”
 
“A starving person has no time.”
 
We talked for a long time. At some point Lili joined us and we started brainstorming ideas. We decided after much discussion that went way past Lili’s supposed bedtime, that we would make a massive effort to get organizations, businesses large and small, and individuals to join the fight. Then the best idea of all. Lili would do the ads. She’s 12 ½ but small for her age, and beautiful, if I do say so. She has a great voice and a wonderful presence. Papa Joe thought the ads could be done and the organizational stuff put in place within a month, since much of it was already in place. The goal would be to at least double the amount of available funds. We wanted donations, either for immediate use or for an annuity type fund which would only spend the interest and dividends. That would keep the effort ongoing. This would be in conjunction with the fight against hunger, which would remain as the first priority, but funds would also be used to provide shelters in bad weather, and to educate people in how to grow their own food, in areas where that was feasible. It was quite a conversation!
 
January 15
Another 2 win week. 59-41 at SO. FL. 28, 10 for Andy Ayg, 12 RBs for Keb Cobb, 42 RBs. I didn’t like 19 TOs though.
 
Central FL gave us a battle here at home. We took control in the 2nd half and won 70-59. 14, 9, 2 for Andy, 12, 10, 4 for Keb, 13, 3, 4 for Kori, 15 for Em Ecks from the bench. 13 TOs.
 
1 game up on Winthrop, 2 or more on the rest.
 
This week it’s 11-5, 3-2 Tulsa there, and 6-10, 2-3 GA SO. here.
 
January 22
 
1st loss in conf. Tulsa beat us 55-57 there. We got down by as much as 17 in the 1st half and went in down 14. We chipped away all through the 2nd, even taking the lead three tyimes, but in the end we came up just a bit short. They hit 8 threes we hit 4, and that was the difference. Andy had 21, 13, 3, 2, 2. +5 TOs, -3 RBs. Their bench had 23 and ours 5.
 
We came home and won easily over GA Southern, 75-57. 24, 13, 2, 3 for Sndy, 14, 6, 4 for Kori, 11, 5, 2 for Khal Green. 7 TOs, 34 RBs.
 
We hold a 1 game lead over UConn, Tulsa, and Winthrop.
 
This week we’re at 11-7, 3-4 Cincinnati, and home with 13-6, 5-2 UConn.
 
January 29
 
We beat Cincy 75-59 there. 20, 2, 5 for Em Ecks from the bench, 16, 10 for Andy, 8, 7 for Ted. The bench came up big for us. 42 RBs but 17 TOs.
 
Then we came home and lost to #19 UConn, 72-80. They destroyed us in the 1st half, 30-55. It was embarrassing. We tried to come back in the 2nd, and outscored them 42-25, but the mountain was too high. We gave up 16 threes, 11 in the 1st half. 25, 7 for Andy, 12, 6, 3 for Ted, 10, 4, 6, 2 for Ted, but those threes did us in. Even in TOs, -5 in RBs.
 
We still lead the conf. by 1 game over UConn and Tulsa.
 
This week we start at 13-9, 5-4 Houston and then host 13-7, 5-4 Tulane. No slouches this week!
 
February 5
 
We lost at Houston, 65-72. Foul trouble in the 2nd half limited our effectiveness. Sometimes the bench steps up but not this night. It’s hard to point to a factor as being crucial. Poor free throw shooting, 16-31, and poor three point shooting, 3-15, were as big as anything else.
 
We beat Tulane, here, 74-49. 25, 14, 2 for Andy, 6 TOs, 42 RBs. We’re 12-1 at home and 4-5 on the road and that says a great deal.
 
3 way tie for first with Tulsa and UConn, 2 or more ahead of the rest. #8, RPI #6.
 
This week we’re at 15-8, 6-5 Memphis in what looks to be a tough game, and then at home with 9-13, 3-8 SMU.
 
February 12
 
4th 1-1 week in a row.
 
Memphis embarrassed us, 53-71. Andy had 18, Em had 13. 18 TOs and -17 RBs. Ugh, the less said the better. We have got to start winning on the road.
 
Home is not a problem, we beat SMU 68-38. 18, 7 for Andy, 13, 5, 4 for Kori, good numbers for everyone else. 11 TOs, 34 RBs. We are two different teams. Can’t do wrong at home, can’t do right on the road.
 
This week we’re at 13-11, 6-7 Winthrop and it really is a must win game. Then home with 6-18, 3-10 South Florida.
 
The response to Lili’s ads, which started running a week ago has been phenomenal. Some giant corporations have pledged millions, and smaller companies and individuals have been more than generous. Papa Joe thinks this may be the last winter when anyone freezes to death in the U. S., and he will bring the program to other cold weather countries where the governments do not take care of people in need.
 
February 19
 
Yet another 1-1 week due to a loss on the road where we are now 4-7. 81-85 in OT at Winthrop. They scored the last 5 in regulation, including a three at the buzzer. 33, 10, 2 for Andy, 18, 4, 9 for Kori. +2 TOs, +5 RBs. Not many teams have beaten us inside but they did.
 
Then we won easily at home, 58-42 over SO FL. 16, 6, 2 for Andy and help from everyone else. +9 TOs.
 
One more regular season game, on the road at Central FL. 
 
February 26
 
We won a road game! 58-46 over Central FL. 19, 5, 4 for Andy, 11 TOs, 40 RBs.
 
We end the regular season in 2nd place, 1 back of UConn, 19-8, 11-5, #11, RPI #6.


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March 9
 
#10 seed GA Southern upset #7 Cincy so we’ll play them. We won by 18 at home in the regular season.
 
March 10
 
56-32. 12, 9 for Andy, 10, 6 for Keb, 8, 6 for Khal, 6, 5 for Ted. We won this one inside. 42 RBs. 
 
It’s #3 seed Houston in the semifinal round. They beat us by 7 there so we need to play well.
 
March 11
 
79-66. Andy was insane, 38 and 10. Everyone else had between 5 and 10. +10 TOs, +7 RBs.
 
It’s #1 seed, #15 ranked UConn for the title. They gave us our only home loss of the season, 72-80. The three killed us that night.
 
March 12
 
67-63. We held them to 7 threes which was a huge factor, but we won it at the line. Scoring was very balanced, 7 guys between 5 and 15 points. Em Ecks had 15. The Centers banged heads all night and neutralized each other. +3 TOs, +6 RBs.
 
A big win. Enough to get us a #1 seed? Hard to say. 22-8, 11-5, #10, RPI #6. Probably a #2.
 
We gather in the locker room to watch the selection show.
 
#3 in the East. Too low and I won’t be shy about letting the media know I feel that way. We deserved better. We’ll play MD Eastern Shore.
 
Papa Joe has been much calmer and Sing says he’s sleeping more. The campaign has been extremely successful and they have an enormous amount of money to work with. Papa Joe has had to delegate lots of things.
March 16
 
84-64. 26, 16, 5, 2 for Andy, 15, 3, 2 for Khal, 11, 3, 5 for Em, who is really coming into his own. We are giving him more minutes.
 
#6 seed, #19 ranked Akron in the round of 32. They are 26-8. If we stop the three we’ll be fine.
 
March 18
 
59-45. Our guards got the points, our bigs controlled the boards. 18 for Kori, 16 for Mo, 11 for Em, 12 boards each for Andy and Khal. +11 boards and we only gave up 5 threes. I didn’t like the 17 TOs.
 
Next up is #2 seed, #11 ranked Minnesota, 26-7. They have a good PG but are stronger inside than out. This is as far as we got last year so we’re hoping to go beyond the round of 16.
 
March 23
 
70-61! We led most of the way. 16, 11, 3, 6, 1 for Andy who was outstanding. 13, 10 for Keb, 13, 2, 2 for Mo, 9, 5 fopr Em. +13 RBs but too many TOs, 18, again.
 
Next is #1 seed, #3 ranked, #2 RPI Maryland, 33-2. This is going to be one tough game. Their SG is the #1 scorer in the nation, and their PF is the #1 rebounder. We think we’re better at the other 3 positions and we have a stronger bench but we need to contain those two guys to have a chance.
 
March 25
76-70 and we’re in the Final Four! We didn’t stop their SG from scoring and we didn’t stop their PF from rebounding. We decided to stop everyone else instead, and it worked. We were +1 on the boards so it didn’t hurt that their big guy got 14. Andy had 18, 11, 2 and Kori 20, 4, and 2, and the rest of our guys did enough. We stayed out of foul trouble while playing solid D. We rotated three defenders on their scorer, Ladd, Ellis, and Ecks, and wore him out. He had 22 in the 1st half, 8 in the 1st 10 minutes of the 2nd but he was gassed at that point and got only 4 more. Keeping a fresh defender on him did exactly what we wanted it to do. Great win!
It’s #1 in the country Kentucky, 35-2 in the round of 4. UCLA plays Mississippi ST on the other side. KY is very strong at 2, 3, and 4, and they are deep. They hit a lot of threes and really rebound well. We feel we’re better at 1 and 5. If we play D, rebound, and get good bench play we have a shot.
 
April 1
 
78-89. 31, 11, 3 for Andy but it wasn’t enough. -12 on the boards and they got 14 threes. Kori had 14 and Em 12.
 
It was a very good season and we’re losing only Kori. That’s a big loss, but only one guy si pretty good. We’ll be back.
 
It’s KY vs. UCLA for the title.
 
April 3
UCLA wins another title.
 
April 4
Awards: Andy Ayg got conf. POY, freshman OY, 1st team. Kori got 2nd team and I was COY.
 
April 23
 
Lots of offers but I’m not going anywhere. I ask for $. Never seen anything like this before. The budget was at $273,100.  I got $ all right. It is now at $410,000!
 
Team Prestige is 89. After 24 years of coaching my record is:613-194, .760. Reputation is 96.


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June 12
 
We pick up a PF in the transfer pool.
 
We’re ranked #3 in the pre-season polls.
June 26
 
5 scholarships. Looking at 8 guys.
 
August 7
3 on the Norton list: Tab Kell, PG, #13, Keb Cobb, C, #26, Khal Green, C, #50.
 
August 21
 
We offer to a C, a PF, 2 PGs, and an SF.
 
September 11
 
Got a PG. He’s #2 in the country but he’s iffy regarding the SAT score. Fingers crossed.
 
September 18
 
Clean sweep, a C, #1 in the country, a PF, #4, an SF, #6, a PG, #19. We’ll court some guards, just in case.
 
We’re in the Coaches Classic. Next year will be hell because this year we have almost all home games in the pre-conf. schedule.
 
Papa Joe and Lili have done a lot of work. They feel like they are getting to an enormous number of hungry people. There are, of course, some countries where this completely taken care of, and so their efforts are not needed. Unfortunately there are countries which claim to be meeting the needs on their own, but which are not. FeedtheHungry is in at least some form of negotiation with nearly all of these. 
 
“North Korea will not even talk with us, but the other countries will, all of them. They are very determined that nothing we do will embarrass them or cause them to lose face. We are trying to assure them that this will not happen. I hope that, one at a time, we can reach agreement with them.”
 
The efforts to provide shelters is also making great progress. The effort in the U. S. is in very good shape in all urban areas where cold weather is a problem. Suburban and rural areas are more difficult but even in those areas great progress has been made. FeedtheHungry is also working in other cold weather countries where their services are needed.
 
October 2
 
We are 10 deep. After one practice I can say that this is the strongest team I have had here at Temple. Three guys I had penciled in as started at the end of last season look like they’ll be subs. Mu new guys look that good!
We’re picked 1st in conf. over #10 UConn, the only other ranked team at least right now.
 
November 6
 
We’re up to #2 in the most recent polls.
 
Exhibition games changed a lot of things. Tab Kell will still start at PG. The other guard spot will be shared between Mo Ladd and Em Ecks. Andy Ayg will start at C. The other two spots will be shared among Khal Green, Keb Cobb, and Chaz Sork. We expect that over time we’ll find out who earns more playing time.


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November 13
 
We’re rated at #2 or #3 in the polls and we’re the #7 seed in the Coaches Classic?
 
#15 ranked Texas Tech up first.
62-51. Excellent D against a really good team. Held them to 30.1%, 14.8% from long range. 11,11, 3 for Tab, 8, 13, 2, 2, 1 for Andy, 9, 8 for Khal, 14 for Mo. 
Next up is #15 seed Gonzaga who upset #2 or #3 ranked Kentucky. They look really good at 2 and 5.
 
November 15
 
62-52. I call that consistent! 16, 13, 4 for Andy, 16, 2, 3 for Tab, 6 TOs. We were -9 on the boards though.
#3 seed, #4 ranked Mississippi ST is next. They are strong inside.
 
November 17
 
81-62. 20, 10, 4 for Andy, 12 each for Tab and Mo, 6, 10, 2 for Khal, 14, 3, 3 for Em, 8, 5, 2 for Chaz. +12 RBs.
 
Next up is my old team, #1 in the country UCLA. This game will tell us a lot but it’s early. We’ve played really well but I don’t think we’re as good as we will be in Feb. and March. We’re expecting a very tough game. UCLA is #1 for a reason- lots of reasons!
 
November 19
 
63-78. They are a very good team. They exploded out of the gate and we never caught up. We never quit though. +5 TOs, -4 RBs. Great bench work, Chaz had 15, 9, Em 13 and 5. Tab had 13, 6, 3. We were over matched. I expect to get better and if we see them in March I expect a stronger showing. I was going to say a stronger effort but there was nothing wrong with our effort.
 
All 5 recruits who committed signed.
 
We’re #2 in the country. 8 of our next 9 are at home.
 
November 27
 
2 wins this week. We beat Charlotte 71-53. Chaz and Em have been really strong from the bench, as have Andy and Tab at C and PG. 8 TOs, 39 RBs.
#9 Minnesota came to town and we won 82-50. 22, 14 for Andy, 20 and 6 for Em, 13 each for Tab and Chaz. 6 TOs, 49 RBs.
We’re +12.5 PPG, +5.8 RBPG, +3.5 TOPG, + 3.5 in steals per. The staff discussed lineup changes. No changes at present. We really like having Em and Chaz on the bench. When they come in we don’t lose a thing. There’s only one basketball. Sometimes having your 5 best on the court at the same time isn’t the most effective way to play.
 
Papa Joe and Lili are working hard. This is a very busy time of year. Cold weather is starting in the Northern hemisphere and the race to provide shelters is on. I spoke with Sing and she isn’t as worried this year as last. Papa Joe seems to have struck a healthier balance.
 
December 4
 
We beat 2 top 10 teams this week. #10 Creighton came in and we won 70-52. Andy was inhuman- 38, 16, 3. +24 RB.
 
Then it was #4 Oregon, 73-49. 15, 16, 3 for Andy, 17, 5, 2 for Tab, 12, 6, 2 for Keb, 13 for Chaz. 7 TOs, 37 RBs.
 
December 11
We beat #25 Duke 69-44. 18, 9, 3, 4 for Andy, 23 for Tab. 9 TOs.
 
Then #8 Kentucky came in and beat us, 84-90. Nobody played D in this one but we played less than they did. Two teams have scored more than 58 against us, KY and UCLA. Our only 2 losses. We were +2 TOs, but -8 RBs. Our outside D was awful, they shot 16-33 on threes. That’s what did us in. 30 and 9 for Andy, 11, 3, 9 for Tab, 12, 4, 1 for Chaz. And #1 UCLA is here this week.
 
December 18
 
We won a road game then came back home and beat #1 UCLA 78-57. It was a balanced effort on O, 17, 6, 4 for Tab, 14, 8, 2 for Andy, 15, 3, 1 for Em, 11 for Mo, 7 and 9 for Khal, 8, 7, 3 for Chaz. On D we held them to 26.2%, 27.3% on threes. +3 TOs, -1 RBs. This was my biggest win since coming here.
 
December 25
 
We beat #9 Dayton at home, 67-54. Our two leaders did the job on O, 28, 13, 4 for Andy, and 24, 8 for Tab.9 TOs, 35 RBs.
 
Then we traveled to Brigham Young and won 68-54. 24, 13, 1, 3, 2 for Andy, 12, 7 for Khal, and everyone else contributed. 41 RBs, but an uncharacteristic 18 TOs.
 
We end the pre-conf. season 12-2, #2, RPI #1.


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January 1
 
A one game week. We beat Memphis, there, 57-43. Team effort. Andy had 13, 17, 3, seldom used Ed Grey had 10 and 10. Khal Green bruised abdominals and is out for 10 days to 2 weeks.
 
January 8
 
We beat SMU 78-61 here. 29, 13, 5 for Andy. 5 TOs- for the team. 
 
Then we traveled to Winthrop and got surprised, 64-67. A 12 point 2nd half did us in. We blew a 12 point lead. 32, 11 for Andy and not much for anyone else. 0-12 on threes, 3-26 in the 2nd half. 
 
The middle of winter and Papa Joe is generally pleased.
 
“I know there are people we are unable to help but we estimate that about 95% of those who were without food in the U. S. when we began are now being fed regularly. About the same is true in my home country. Very few people do not have access to a shelter in the cold weather here. We want to do even more, of course, here and throughout the world.”
 
Lili is 13 ½. She is in many ways a typical teenager but in so many others she is anything but typical. She spends lots of time with friends but even more time working. She does not seem to need much sleep which is good, since she doesn’t get very much.
 
January 15
 
67-48 over So. FL here. 21, 4, 4 for Tab, 10, 9, 3 for Andy.16 for Chaz. 
 
We went to Central FL and won 77-67. 28, 8, 3 for Andy, 11, 4, 7 for Tab.
 
January 22
 
Beat Tulsa here, 62-51. 16, 9, 4 for Andy, 10, 9 for Keb, 12, 1, 5 for Mo.
 
Then we went to GA Southern and won 101-84. Crazy game, obviously. Tab had 33, , Andy 17, 6, 2, 4, Mo 16, 2, 5, Chaz 12, Ted Day 10 and 5.
 
This week it’s undefeated in conf. Cincy at home and UConn, tied with us in 2nd, on the road.
 
January 29
 
69-41 over Cincy here. 16, 14, 2 for Andy, 16 for Em Ecks. 11 TOs, 43 RBs.
 
Then went to UConn and lost 64-65 in OT. Back and forth all night. Andy fouled out with 1 ½ to go in OT.  They outscored us 6-2 from then on and that was that. +8 TOs, -8 RBs. 19,7 with 6 steals for Andy, 13 for Em, 11, 5, 5, 2 for Tab. We shot 2-13 on threes and only 66.7% from the line. Those two things did us in more than anything. 
 
Cincy and UConn are tied for 1st and we’re one back. 7 to play and we need to win ‘em all.
 
Everyone made the SAT score.
 
Tab Kell is #3 on the Norton list. I will never understand that list. Why in the world wasn’t Andy nominated either last year or this?
 
February 5
 
Beat Houston at home, 75-51. 31, 6 for Andy, 14, 5, 5 for Tab. 6 TOs.
 
Beat Tulane there, 61-51. 28, 13 for Andy. UConn lost so we’re tied for 2nd, 1 back.
 
February 12
 
Tied for 1st with Cincy, 1 ahead of UConn with 3 to play. Beat Memphis at home, 75-56. 29, 14, 3 for Andy who has been red hot. 3 TOs! 41 RBs.
 
78-72 over SMU on the road. 33, 11 for Andy. +14 TOs, +8 RBs.
 
February 19
Alone in 1st! We beat Winthrop here 74-52, to avenge a 3 point loss at their place. Andy tweaked his knee early and played only 11 minutes. It doesn’t seem serious. 16,3, 6 for Tab, and Ted Day and Keb Cobb did a good job of filling in for Andy. 7 TOs.
 
We went to So. FL and won 62-56. Andy played only 16 minutes but got 10 and 4. 10 and 6 for Khal, 13, 4, 3 for Chaz. 10 TOs. 
 
One to play, at home against Central FL. We won by 10 there.
 
February 26
 
And we win our final game. Cincy and UConn are 1 back of us, tied for 2nd. We beat Central FL 80-67. Andy was 100% and got 30, 14, 6, 4. 6 TOs.
We end the regular season #2, RPI #2, 26-4, 14-2. +13.9 PPG, +6.5 RBPG, +6.0 TOPG, +3.1 steals PG, and +1.9 assists PG. Andy is 4th in the nation in scoring, 2nd in rebounding. The team is 3rd in RBs nationally. In conf. we dominate the individual and team categories.


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March 10
 
#8 seed GA Southern won the play in so we play them. We won by 17 there, scoring 101 points.
 
70-48. 16, 8, 4 for Andy, and all 7 contributed in this blow out. #5 seed Memphis in the semifinal. We beat them by 14 and 19.
 
March 11
 
78-59. A triple double for Andy Ayg, 15, 10, 12. 23 for Em. It’s #17 Cincy for the title. They beat UConn by 3. We beat them by 28 at our place.
 
March 12
72-49 and the title! 24, 9 for Chaz, 24, 6, 2 for Andy. 8 TOs, 39 RBs.
 
We expect to be #2 overall since we’re ranked #2, RPI #2.
#1 in the Midwest. We’ll play 18-12 Central Arkansas.
 
March 16
 
80-50. 24, 10, 3 for Andy, 19, 2, 3 for Tab, 13, 2, 2 for Mo, 11, 6 for Keb, 6, 4, 3 for Em. 6 TOs, +5 RBs.
#8 seed Auburn up next. They’re 19-10. They have a very good SG.
 
March 18
 
62-40. 21, 8, 2, 2 for Andy, 18, 7 for Tab, 8, 8 for Chaz. 9 TOs, 42 RBs.
 
We’re in the Sweet Sixteen and we’ll play #5 seed, #19 ranked Oklahoma which just beat Cincy. They’re very good outside. 
March 23
 
And the ride ends, 67-70. 1-16 on threes, 31.9% over all, Andy fouled out in 20 minutes. He still managed to lead us with 18 and 8, 19, 6, 3 for Tab, 10, 7 for Em, 11, 7, 3 for Chaz. -3 TOs, but +16 RBs. Some nights it just won’t go in the basket and unfortunately, this was one of them.
 
If it’s any consolation, #1 UCLA and #6 Texas Tech also lost today.
 
“FeedtheHungry” has won several humanitarian awards over the past few months. I understand they have even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Wow! Just Wow!
 
April 4
 
Mai and I went to the Final Four. #9 ranked MS ST played #14 KY, and unranked Stan Jones played #4 New Mexico. The path was wide open for us but we didn’t walk it.
#14 KY won the title.
Awards: WS Player of the Year: Andy Ayg. He didn’t make either 1st or 2nd team but Tab Kell made 2nd. My assistant at CLA, Art Black got National Coach of the Year.
 
In conf. Andy was POY and 1st team along with Tab, Chaz Sork made 2nd team and I got COY.
 
April 23
 
I ask for a facilities upgrade. I don’t get it.
 
We end up 31-5. Team Prestige is 88.
 
At the end of my 25th season I’m at 644-199, .764. Reputation still at 96.


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June 5
Preseason #1!
 
Slim pickings in the transfer pool.
 
June 26
4 scholarships. I’d like to get 3 guards.
 
Looking at 12.
 
August 7
7 on the Norton list. Center Keb Lee is #1, PF Ev Przy is #4, SF Mick Jones is #7
 
August 21
 
Not a lot of guards interested in us. We offered to 2 SGs and 2 PFs.
 
September 18
 
We got 2 PFs and an SG.
 
No early season tourney this year but lots of contenders on the schedule.
 
October 2
 
Having trouble getting a guard to fill the last scholarship.
 
First day of practice. We’re going to be hard to beat.
Taking a VERY long shot on the #2 recruit in the country. Why long? His GPA is 2.0. We offered.
 
And all hell has broken loose with FeedtheHungry. It appears that someone here at the central office in Philly has managed to slip 250 million dollars out of the corporation treasury. This just broke today. Papa Joe is trying to calm the waters. Computer experts, police and FBI are all working on the case. No one employed by FtH has disappeared so either it’s a long distance computer criminal who hacked the system or someone has very large- ahem. I’m sure there will be a lot more on this soon. Papa Joe is assuring people that all passwords have been changed and new, tighter computer and building security is in place in every facility that FtH operates. He also says he will make up any uninsured losses out of his own pocket.
 
November 1
 
Despite a massive effort the perpetrator(s) of the ¼ billion dollar theft at FtH have not been found. Cops and FBI don’t seem to have a clue but the computer guys think they may be close. No further losses have occurred but donations are off by close to 50%. Papa Joe made up the loss and said his money will stay even if the stolen funds are eventually recovered.
 
November 20
We beat 2 top 20 teams during week one. We have a very strong starting lineup and Ed Grey, 1st guard off the bench could easily start as well. 
 
November 27
 
Beat #8 Michigan and Dayton this week. TOs are a problem so far but not much else is. Tab Kell at PG, and Mick Jones at SF are our leading scorers but Keb Lee at Center may be our best all around player so far.
 
December 1
 
3 men in India were arrested yesterday in the theft of $250 million from Feed the Hungry. The money has not yet been found. The men were working together, and this was all done via computer, the largest cyber theft in history. Police are hoping to discover where the thieves placed the money, whether in Swiss bank accounts or in stocks and/or bonds. Evidently if they can locate and recover the money they are willing to make a deal with whichever of the three is cooperative. Papa Joe reiterated his pledge not to take back the money he used to replace that which was stolen.
 
December 4
 
Beat Oklahoma at home and #22 Indiana there. 22, 23 for Keb Lee against OK, then he got 23, 17 vs. Indiana. We get lots of TOs but we start a PG, an SF, a PF, and 2 Cs. +14.5 in RBs, -2.3 in TOs. 6-0, #1, RPI #1.
 
December 11
 
Beat #11 Kentucky by 20 and then Oregon, there, by 14. 17, 15, then 14, 15 for Keb Lee, but all 5 starters are playing well. Averaging 41.1 RBs per game.
 
Start of a huge advertising campaign by FtH. They hope to get contributions and donations up to the pre-theft level. They are increasing but not quickly enough. The ads feature Lili and test markets love them. Security is exceedingly tight, both cyber and in house. The belief is that at present only an “inside job” is possible and even that would be extremely difficult. You’re always just a step ahead of the potential perps though so vigilance is vital.
 
December 18
 
Two 27 point wins this week. Keb had 16 and 24, 29 and 19.
 
One game this week, #5 UCLA, here.
 
December 25
 
78-60 over UCLA. We go to conf. play 11-0. Average margin of victory 17.1. 42.8 RBs per game, +17.4. Still -1.6 TOs.


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January 1, 2016
29 point win over #16 Memphis, our chief conf. rival. 42, 16 for Keb, who leads the nation in rebounding.
 
January 8
Now 3-0 in conf. 25, 20, 22, 15 for Keb. Closest game so far, 9 point win over Michigan. Everything else double figures.
 
The FtH ad campaign worked. Donations and contributions at record levels. The world loves Lili. She is completely unaffected. We don’t allow media interviews or photo ops but they run stories everywhere, pulling stills from the ad campaigns. She doesn’t read any of it or watch it on TV. 
 
“It’s stupid, and they make everything up.”
#2 in the country committed. Now if he can hit our SAT score!
 
January 15
 
5-0. TOs are improving we’re +1.0 now.
 
Keb had 19, 9, 8, 4, 2 in a game this week.
 
Lili tells me that in their “spare time” she and Papa Joe are working on some educational programs for “smart kids.” They’re starting with math and the sciences since these are areas of interest, and areas where U. S. kids have the most difficulty. Since Lou is completely absorbed with math and the sciences, he is no part of this fledgling enterprise.
 
January 22
 
We were not at our best this week, a 9 point win at Tulsa and only by 13 at home vs. GA Southern. At #17 Cincinnati this week and they’re only 1 back of us.
 
January 29
 
5 point win over Cincy. 20-0, 9-0, 2 game lead on Cincy, 3 or more on the rest.
 
#3 recruit in the country didn’t qualify, let alone hitting our score. Looking at 3 guards.
 
Keb Lee #1 on the Norton List, PF Ev Przy #16.
 
February 5
 
2 blow outs this week. 44 and 40 for the week for Keb.
 
If there’s a team with a legitimate shot to beat us in the regular season it’s our next game, #15 Memphis, there. 
 
February 12
 
We beat Memphis 67-55. 15 each for Lee and Mick Jones. +10 RBs. At one point they were up by 7, the most we’ve been behind all year.
We also beat SMU with Keb getting 28 and 17. +11 TOs, +15 RBs.
 
3 up with 3 to play.
 
It looks like Papa Joe, Lili and now Lou are planning to start that “Educating Smart Kids” on line business. When Papa Joe and Lili don’t have their heads together with FtH, the three of them do with the new company.
 
February 19
 
26-0. 4 up with 1 to play. Keb had 52 and 40 for the week. We’re +17.3 RBs, +2.8 TOs.
February 26
 
And we run the table. We head to the post season 27-0, up 4 on Cincy, 5 on UConn. Keb is #2 in scoring, #1 in rebounding, #2 in blocks. Ev Pryz is #2 in shooting pct. As a team we’re #4 in scoring, #1 in rebounding, #3 in blocks, #2 in assists.
 
March 5
We lost 4 to the draft: Keb Lee, Ev Przy, Mick Jones, Marc Topp. Ouch, but about as expected.


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March 10
 
It’s #8 seed South FL in the ¼ final. We beat them by 21 and 33.
 
62-43. 20, 22, 3, 2, 2 for Keb, 25, 7, 1, 4, 1 for Ev.
 
Cincy, UConn, and Tulsa were all upset. #23 ranked Memphis finished 5th in conf. They’re next. We beat them by 29 and 12.
 
March 11
 
67-59. 21, 12 for Keb. 10, 2, 7, 5 for PG Tab Kell.
 
#6 seed GA Southern is in the final. We beat them by only 13 at our place but their starting PF is out with a broken leg. 
 
March 12
79-55. 20, 6, 4, 2, 1 for Tab, all 5 in double figures.
Selected #1 overall.
 
March 16
68-30 over Low Point. 30, 11 for Keb. 
 
#8 seed Cincy, our conf. rival, is next. We won by only 5 there. 
 
March 18
79-46. A real team effort. 6 guys in doubles including big guy Dave Chip who will figure greatly in our plans next year.
 
Next up is #5 seed, #17 ranked Pepperdine, 25-8.
 
March 23
 
63-43. 19, 17 for Keb.
#3 seed, #11 ranked Mississippi State, 24-8, is next, in the Elite Eight. I am working to keep my guys focused. It has been way too easy and one off night can end it all.
 
March 25
 
75-53 and we’re in the Final Four. Now the bad news. Keb fell hard to the floor, 6 minutes in, and banged his head. We’re not sure if he’ll be ready for our next game. We won by 22 without him due to some great team effort. 
We’ll play #9 ranked, #6 seed New Mexico State in the round of 4. On the other side it will be #2 ranked Duke vs. #3 ranked UCLA.
 
NMSU is 29-7. They’ve won their last 11. Their C is the best Keb has faced all year. He’ll play as much as he can. 
 
April 1
 
69-48! 14, 11 for Keb in 21 minutes. 15, 7 for Mick Jones. 11, 9, 2 for Ev. 10 TOs, 42 RBs, and we’re in the title game against Duke, who won by 1.
 
Duke is #2 in the country, RPI #3, 35-3. They’ve won 9 in a row, and the 14 before that. They score more outside than in, they play good D, and they take care of the ball. We need to play good D and control the boards. Keb is 88-90% but he’ll play, hopefully not more than 25-28 minutes. Best team we’ve faced all year.
 
April 3
And the closest score all year, 66-62 and the title! 16, 15, 1, 3, 1 for Keb, 15, 6 for Ev, 12, 1, 5 for Tab. 10 TOs (+9), 37 RBs (+6) Duke was up 16 with 12:22 to play, 38-54.
 
I called a TO at that point and simply said, “This is the season. We worked all year for this and now it’s slipping away. How bad do you want it?” I put in no new formations, changed no strategies. From then on it was 28-8 for us.
 
April 4
 
Awards: Keb won ‘em all at the national level, Norton, WS, Freshman, Defensive, 1st team. I got national COY. In conf. Keb got ‘em all again, joined on 1st team by Ev Pryz. Mick Jones made 2nd team, and we’re losing all three. Oh well, fun ride.
 
April 23
 
I ask for facilities. Nope. We’ll have lots of new faces on the team next year but some very good players coming back. Let’s go for 2 in a row. I have 3 with UCLA and now this one with Temple. 
36-0. Team Prestige is 96. My record after 26 years as a head coach is 680-199, .774. Reputation is 96.
 
Papa Joe, Lili and Lou have formed “CoolSmart,” an on line resource for “smart kids” and those who live and/or work with them. They have the five leaders in the field of gifted education, from UConn (2), Purdue, USC, and Virginia on their Board of Directors, all of whom are working for a percentage. Given Papa Joe’s business history that’s a pretty safe bet. It will be about 4-6 months before they are available. They’re already planning commercials with Lili, Lou, Ling, Khee, and Mai Li.


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June 5
 
Ready to defend our national title, or try to; preseason #1. We’re after a high flying transfer. Soph Ron Barr who started every game at Duke last season and was ranked #5 recruit in his class. Duke wasn’t a good fit and he seems very interested in Temple.
 
June 9
 
Got him!
 
“CoolSmart thinks they’ll be ready to open for business on about August 15. They want to get a leg up on the back to school market.
 
June 26
4 scholarships. We’d like 2 and 2 but 3-1 either way would be okay. Looking at 10 guys.
 
August 7
4 on the Norton list: PF Kip Brown #4, SF Jed Mill #12, PG Ryan Prow #16, PF Dave Chip #17.
 
August 16
 
“CoolSmart” hits the market one day late. Ads featuring the kids are everywhere, and the first day response is so overwhelming it almost brings down the site.
 
August 21
 
We offer to 2 Cs, an SG, and a PG.
 
September 18
 
Got ‘em all. One is marginal regarding passing the SAT score.
 
We’re in the Coaches Classic and loading the schedule with contenders.
 
October 2
 
First day of practice and we’re loaded again this year. I’m going with a one guard offense again. This year instead of “Favor Inside” we’re going to try “Heavy Inside.”
 
October 16
 
On the two month anniversary of opening “CoolSmart” has more than 10 million customers. Some are buying lectures, some are buying courses, some are buying full access. Average amount spent is $145. You do the math. Expanding worldwide in January. 
 
November 6
 
Exhibitions played, ready for the season to begin. #1 seed in the Coaches Classic.
 
November 15
 
Played one game using “Heavy Inside.” We won by 18 but I didn’t like it. Going back to “Favor Inside.”
 
November 19
 
#10 ranked Minnesota gave us a scare, a BIG scare, 71-70. #7 seed Arizona upset #2 Kentucky and then #6 California, so we play them for the title.
November 20
63-52 for the title. After 4 games we’re +13.5 in points, +7.5 in rebounds, and +8.7 in TOs, averaging 8.3. Considering I’m going with only one guard that’s incredible. Ayg at C, Kip Brown at PF, and Dave Chip at SG are doing the scoring. Ayg, Brown and Jed Mill at SF are doing the rebounding. Ed Grey, my 6th man, is too good not to start but I don’t have a spot for him.
 
All four recruits signed LOI. 
 
We just played 4 at a neutral site. Now 6 of the next 7 are on the road. #21 Creighton and #12 New Mexico this week.
 
November 27
The win streak ends at 40. Creighton beat us 58-70. We got 15 more rebounds, took 10 more shots, and we still lost. Shooting 26.6% will do that. We righted the ship at New Mexico, 87-80. We’re giving up too many points. 70 or more in 3 of the last 4 games.
 
At #25 Alabama and home with #16 Michigan ST this week.
 
December 4
 
It could be a long season. We won 75-57 at #25 Alabama but Kip Brown stubbed a toe and will miss at least one game. 29, 9, 3 for Andy to lead us.
Then we came home. With Kip out and Jed Mill in foul trouble all night we managed to lose 65-68. Ayg led us again with 25, 8, 2, 3 but it wasn’t enough.
 
Two losses in our first 8 games. We need to figure this out.
 
At #15 MS ST and Maryland this week.
 
December 11
 
A 2 win week. 33, 15 for Andy in an 82-61 win over #15 MS ST. 13, 7, 3 for Jed Mill.
 
75-64 over MD. 23, 11 for Andy, 20, 5 for Dave Chip.
 
I am close to throwing SG Bret Layn off the team. He has been nothing but trouble.
 
Despite our 2 losses we’re still #1, +9.6 ppg, +5.5 RBpg, +5.3 assists pg. 
 
At Georgetown then home against #4 UCLA.
 
“CoolSmart” is exploding with growth. Papa Joe thinks the holiday season will be really profitable.
 
Lineup change. Ed Grey is starting. Both Jed Mill and Dave Chip will lose playing time.
 
December 18
 
The new lineup gives us a 2 win week, fewer points, better D. 53-45 over Georgetown. 41 RBs, 10 TOs. 
 
56-46 over #4 UCLA. 9, 21, 5 for Andy, 16, 6, 2 for PG Ryan Prow. Grey was very effective on D in both games.
 
This week it’s #14 Michigan at home, then we end the pre-conf. season at Oregon.
 
December 25
76-65 over #14 Michigan. 18, 13, 4 for Andy, 16 each for Grey and Brown, 14, 5, 2 for Prow.
 
Then yet another loss, 69-74, at Oregon. 50 RBs, 12 TOs, we took 10 more shots than they did. We shot 33.3%, and gave up 11 threes. 24, 18 for Kip, 13, 15, 4 for Andy.
 
NOT happy with 11-3. Staff is in regular discussion regarding solutions as we head to the conf. season.


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January 1, 2018
 
88-75 at 3-10 Memphis. Ed Grey had 22, 8, 3, Andy 17, 14, 4, 2. All 5 starters in double figures but we should have won by more against this team.
 
January 8
 
We beat SMU here, 81-51. 27, 12 for Kip Brown, 26, 9, 3, 3 for Andy. 5 TOs, 38 RBs. We played really well.
 
Went to Winthrop and beat them 52-43. Great D but we shot poorly, 29.3%, 0-14 on threes. 18, 7, 2 for Andy. +14 TOs. Ed Grey twisted his back. He’s out for at least one game.
 
Papa Joe says preliminary reports regarding December sales for “CoolSmart” are “astronomical.”
 
“FeedtheHungry” has more than halved world hunger rates. Even though there are still a few countries FtH cannot get to, estimates are that well over half of those who were starving are no longer, and shelters have saved an enormous number of lives during bad weather. This could be the year they win a Nobel.
 
January 15
 
2 wins, the second took a bit of luck. 68-58 over So FL here. 27, 14 for Kip, 18, 6 for Jed Mill. Andy fouled out, playing only 16 minutes. Good D won this one.
 
Then we went to Central FL and were lucky to escape, 61-59 on a 28 footer at the buzzer by Kip Brown, who doesn’t shoot threes. It was our only three of the night and it was a luck shot. We gave up 13 of them. 31, 14 for Andy. We were flat all night.
 
January 22
 
We played better this week. 75-51 over Tulsa here. Ryan Prow fouled out, playing only 20, but before he did he got 20 points. Em Ecks got 8 filling in. 6 TOs, 38 RBs, and we were never challenged.
 
Then we went on the road and beat GA Southern 76-60. 23, 7, 3, 3 for Andy, 17, 9 for Kip, +7 TOs, +7 RBs.
Only SMU, who we beat by 30, is one back of us. We’re 18-3, 7-0.
 
Challenging week, Cincy here, and then at #13 UConn.
 
January 29
 
We played well in a 71-52 home win over Cincinnati. 6 guys in double figures. 7 TOs, 35 RBs. 
 
Then we went to UConn and lost 68-74. They beat us outside, 15 threes. 47 rebounds 11 TOs, but we didn’t get out on the long distance shots and they made them all night long.
We’re one up on UConn and SMU, 3 or more on the rest, with 7 to play.
 
February 5
 
A good week. 66-44 over Houston here. 27, 10 for Andy, 17, 12, 2, 4, 2 for Kip, 4 TOs, 43 RBs, great D.
 
 
Then we traveled to Tulane and beat them 73-51. 19, 12, 4 for Andy, 17, 16, 3 for Kip. 6 TOs, 54 RBs. We are a force inside.
Up 2 on UConn, 3 or more on the rest, with 5 to play.
 
Final numbers in on December sales for CoolSmart and Papa Joe says he didn’t think they could possibly sell as much as they have. Their programs- lectures, videos, games, seminars, labs in all of the sciences, courses… are selling in incredible numbers. In January they went worldwide and Papa Joe expects big things there as well. They have hired as many experts in gifted education and related fields as possible, and this has made their programs the best available, and that’s according to all of the experts in the field.
 
Mai and I have been trying to push Lili to begin college for several years now. She has never shown the slightest interest. We’re concerned that she has become far too isolated by her work with BestPrice- though she and Papa Joe are no longer involved there, FtH and CoolSmart. We feel she needs to interact with other people, particularly people her age. We’re going to mandate that she take two classes per semester, starting in the fall, either here at UML, at BU, or at any other college in the Boston area. She can choose the courses, but they must be live, with no on line component. That conversation will happen sometime this month and it may appear on the Richter scale.
 
February 12
 
Another good week and now we’re 2 up on UConn, 4 or more on the rest. We beat Memphis here, 78-53. 24, 10, 3 for Andy, 5 guys in double figures. +12 TOs, +7 RBs. 
 
93-70 at SMU. 5 in double figures again. +15 TOs, +5 RBs.
We’re outscoring the other team by 12.2, in RBs it’s +9.0, in TOs +6.3. #1 in the country in RBs.
 
February 19
 
A 2 win week. 2 up on UConn, 5 on Cincy, 6 or more on the rest with 1 to play.
72-26 over Winthrop at home (Flaw in the game, 26? Come on!). 6 TOs, 48 RBs.
 
Then we beat So FL 67-56 at their place. Andy got hurt 9 minutes in, shoulder. He’s out for our last regular season game but should be 100% for the start of the post season. 9 TOs, 38 RBs. Dave Chip and T. J. Larry did a great job filling in for Andy.
 
We finish with Central FL here. They very nearly beat us at their place. The game means nothing to us. We’ve already clinched/ But we want a win.
 
February 21
 
That explosion that was felt all over the country was our conversation with Lili. We had it a few days ago. She spent two days in her room sulking. When she came out she was still livid, and absolutely refused to discuss our plan for her to take courses.
 
“Give it a few more days and I will speak with her.”
 
Papa Joe’s idea made sense and he certainly has more influence over her than anyone else. After she calms down a little she may listen to him. She always has.
 
February 26
65-48 over Central FL. 11 TOs, 40 RBs, and Chip and Larry did great filling in for Andy, who will be back in plenty of time. 26-4, 15-1, #1, RPI #1, going to the post season.


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March 3
Papa Joe had the talk with Lili a few days ago. She’s still sulking but it’s clear she’s looking for courses and doing other things related to college.
March 5
We lost Ed Grey to the NBA draft. With Ayg, Ecks, and Chip graduating that’s four to replace. Great incoming class though. I was worried about losing Kip Brown and I’m thrilled that he decided to stay. Kip is #7 on the latest Norton list.
I’m concerned about the post season. We have been beatable this year. We’ll do what we can and hope for the best.
March 10
#9 seed Houston, 14-14, upset #8 SO FL, so we’ll play them in the round of 8. Oh, Bret Layn was given his last warning yesterday. He’s one sneeze away from off the team.
58-37. 29, 16 for Andy but he hurt his right arm late. Her got it caught with another player going for a rebound. I think he’s out for the tourney.
#4 ranked SMU, 18-11 in the semifinals. We beat them by 30 and 23.
March 11
66-50. 15, 11 for Kip Brown playing C, 15, 9 for Dave Chip playing PF, 13, 7, 2 for Jed Mill playing SF. 38 RBs, 11 TOs.
Cincinnati, #3 seed, 20-10, upset UConn. We beat them by 19. Andy is out again for this game.
March 12
78-56 for the title. 27, 15 for Kip, 13, 8, 2 for Jed. 7 TOs, 45 RBs. 
We are NOT #1 overall despite being #1 ranked, #1 RPI! Makes no sense. 
We are NOT #1 in the Midwest!
We are #1 in the South. We’ll play Morehead ST, 17-13.
March 14
Lili came to Mai and me last night to discuss college. She found a small school that would give credit by examination. She passed every course she needed in order to get a B.S. in math. She paid the fees and showed us the degree. She was upset when we congratulated her and said it didn’t change anything, she still needed to take two classes, live, every semester starting with this fall. We’re surrounded by sulks again.
March 17
 
62-39 over Morehead ST. Andy was back and had 28, 8, 5. 5 TOs, 38 RBs.
#9 seed No. Carolina ST, 21-9, won so they’re next. 
 
March 19
 
84-62. 24, 6, 4 for Ed Grey, 6 in double figures. 14 TOs, 44 RBs.
 
Those two teams the committee thought were better than us? They’re both gone. 
 
#5 seed MS ST, 22-10 beat #4 Charlotte so we face them in the Sweet 16. We beat them by 21 at their place.
 
March 24
 
77-62. 28, 9, 7, 3, 1 for Andy, 13, 9 for Kip. 12 TOs, 47 RBs. Jed Mill smacked his head. We kept him out for the rest of the game. Not sure if he’ll play on Sunday.
#3 seed #19 ranked LSU, 25-9 in the Elite Eight. They have 2 hurt and a starter who flunked off the team. All 3 were starters.
 
March 26
68-59 and we’re back to the Final Four. 22, 26, 4, 6 for Andy. 16, 7 for Kip, 18, 4, 4 for Ed Grey. 9 TOs, 49 RBs.
 
We’ll play #5 ranked Kentucky. #18 Oklahoma and unranked Arkansas in the Final Four on the other side.
 
Kentucky is as good as anyone we’ve played this year. The key is to not let the PG do what he wants to do. We’ll double him some.
 
April 1
 
60-61. We scored with 1.2 seconds left to lead 60-58. They got it to their PG at half court. He launched it. It went in. I was convinced he got it off too late, still am. The refs spent a very long time with the video and ruled that it counted and the game was over. We took 18 more shots than they did and lost. That speaks volumes regarding our shooting, 19-78, 8-33 on threes. We got 55 rebounds. Web turned it over only 11 times. And somehow we lost. Tough way to end the season and the defense of our title.
 
Kentucky will play unranked Arkansas for the title. 
 
April 4
Kentucky won the title game by 27.
 
Awards: Kip Brown made national 1st team and I got national COY. In conf. Andy Ayg got POY, Kip Brown got Freshman OY and Defensive POY, they both made 1st team.
 
April 9
 
I explained to Mai a couple of weeks ago that I’d like to be the first coach to win titles at 3 schools, and would love to win titles at 4 or even 5 before I retire.
 
“As long as we go where I can do my work.”
We visited Oregon, Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri. She said Purdue and Oregon had programs that she would fit in very well with. We’re going to Oregon.
 
April 12
 
A bomb dropped. Lili, Lou, and Papa Joe all want to stay in Philadelphia. Our first reaction was absolutely not, as far as our kids were concerned. Now? We’re considering it. Sing is great with them and she shares our values. The kids spend most of their time working with Papa Joe and they both idolize him. Lili will be 16 in 2 months and Lou 15 in November. We’re considering it, and we’re trying to talk Papa Joe into moving with us. He says he has moved enough times and does not wish to move again, especially since I intend to move at least once more. We’ll see what happens.
 
We have the routine down. I move immediately. Mai, Ling, and hopefully the rest of the family will follow later on. 
 
April 18
 
Sing wants to move. She feels it is important for all of us to be together. Papa Joe is resisting but I doubt that he can say no to Sing, he never has.
 
April 23
 
Papa Joe has agreed to the move. The family expects to be here by June 1.
 
I emailed Lili and Mai information about the colleges within a reasonable distance of Eugene. The deal has not changed. Lou is anxious to go to college so no pressure. He could enroll as a freshman now but he says he wants to wait until next year, which is fine with us.
 
Another season finished. Another new challenge. Starting as a head coach with my 8th team in what will be my 28th season. My record as a head coach is 713-204, .778. Let’s see about getting a title at my third university. It will take a few years no doubt.
 
FtH is ever increasing the number of people it is feeding and sheltering. “CoolSmart” is making billions and reaching tens of millions.


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June 6
 
Adjusting to being at Oregon. The family is here and we’re living in temporary housing. No one in the transfer pool grabs our interest.
June 26
6 scholarships. Looking at 20 guys, 6 PGs, 1 SG, 6 SFs, 3 PFs, 4 Cs.
 
Lili will take an advanced computer programming class and a class in topology here at Oregon in the fall.
 
August 7
 
Mike Kidd, our C, is #11 on the Norton list.
 
August 21
We offer to a PG, an SG, 2 SFs, a PF, and a C. Most are showing interest. 2 are questionable regarding hitting our SAT score.
 
“CoolSmart” is worldwide and enormously successful. “Feed the Hungry” is everywhere it is likely to be any time soon. And it is probably feeding and sheltering 95% or more of the needy in every country where it is allowed to work. Fundraising is never ending but most of the profits from “CoolSmart” or at least our family’s portion, are given to FtH. Papa Joe and Lili’s first company, “BestPrice.com” continues to be everywhere and to provide a much valued service.
 
School starts at Oregon a week from tomorrow. Lou decided to take both classes with Lili and they’re actually sounding somewhat excited about it. Given how famous and wealthy they both are we will, of course, have bodyguards accompanying them, as all of us do, 24/7 on our property (still temporary, but the estate is coming along rapidly), and whenever we leave the property. I find it annoying as can be but I understand the need for it.
 
September 13
Disaster has struck our family. Lili and Lou were abducted as they were walking toward the limo after class today. The limo driver and the four bodyguards were all shot and killed. The police were at the scene in moments. Witnesses described the four abductors and the vehicle they escaped in, a blue van. The van was abandoned less than a mile from campus. Naturally, it was stolen. No prints other than some for Lili and Lou were found. Descriptions of the perpetrators vary somewhat and they all were masked, but it seems to be three men and a woman. The men were all tall and strong looking, the woman, short. Very little to go on, really. We expect a call or some type of contact regarding ransom. I will be away from my job for the time being. Jed Trey, my #1 will be in charge of the team while I am away.
September 14
 
Papa Joe asked to speak with me privately late last evening, or maybe it was early this morning.
 
“Alvin, I have contacted some associates. They are able to do many things and to speak with many people that the police cannot. I believe they will greatly increase our chances of getting Lili and Lou back, assuming… In any case ask no questions. they will contact neither the family nor the police.”
 
"... assuming..." Yeah. None of us can even say it. The police detective heading up the investigation said there’s no way to know whether the kids are… yeah. Still no ransom request. He also said we should hope it's about money, not politics. I didn't need to think about that for long to understand what he was saying.


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September 16
 
The ransom message came- to Ling’s email account. She’s 7 ½. The detective said to be calm. They’re using her just to try to rattle us. Anyway, they want 100 million, details to follow. Detective says it will be to some kind of blind account that is untraceable. There was a photo of the kids sitting together holding up a copy of today’s San Francisco Chronicle. After very carefully inspecting it the forensic people said it was not photo shopped or altered in any way, and that it was genuine. So we know the kids are still… yeah. Lili looked extremely angry but in control. Lou looked terrified.
 
September 17
 
Papa Joe again asked to speak with me alone. “Alvin, my people have a very, very tiny lead.”
 
“How in the world-”
 
“No. No questions. Only know that always, ALWAYS, someone talks, at least a little bit. My people have ears everywhere. The lead is not enough but the source drinks alcohol. He will find that he has friends who are happy to buy a round or as many rounds as it takes. My people are skilled and subtle, but it may take a little time and who knows how much time we have?”
 
“Make sure they don’t do anything dangerous for the kids.”
 
He smiled, and then put his hand on my shoulder. “Alvin, this is very delicate, and unbelievably dangerous. My people know what they are doing, believe me, but there can be no guarantees.”
 
The man is incredible. Mai Li is, of course, a mess, as are we all. I only tell her that we are confident and that her father is working through different avenues. She looks at me and then nods. I think she understands, and may know more than I do regarding her father’s “connections.”
 
September 18 
 
Jed Trey here. We got 3 commitments and lost a recruit. SF Sy Reed, #14,. PG Ty Fitz, #20, and PF Fin Jay, #31 all committed to us. None of the three should have a problem with the SAT score although there are no guarantees.
 
We’re invited to the Hawaiian Shootout. Lots of ranked teams. My new A.D. says we’re being too ambitious. Maybe so. I’m trying to do what I think Blade would do and he’s ambitious.
 
September 21
 
Evidently Papa Joe’s people spoke with the contact again. He got a night off last night. They bought several rounds. Papa says the man was being very careful but without realizing it he spilled something.
 
“My people think that within 24 hours they will know where the children are being held. At that point they will need to learn how heavy the security is. They can only learn this by observing comings and goings, and hopefully seeing through the windows using powerful scopes from long distance. We are getting close.”
 
“Yes, but how much time do we have?”
 
“I understand they only gave details of how to transfer the money today. It is reasonable to say that it will take 2 or 3 days to make the arrangements. That may be all we need. The critical moment will come when they have the money. At that time they will do what they have planned to do regarding the children. They are definitely professionals so they have already decided. You are still receiving a photo every day?”
 
“Yes, with a different newspaper from a different city. The police are watching lots of places where newspapers from other cities are sold but there are so many.”
 
“And the photos are still genuine?”
 
“The forensics people say there is no doubt of that.”
 
Papa Joe is with me except for when he contacts his “people.” He says he needs to know everything that the policed learn, which so far is almost nothing. He asks for and gets copies of the photos every day, his question was just to soothe me or to assess my reactions.


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September 22
 
“There is really nothing in the photos that tells about a possible location except that the room in which they are taken seems quite large. My people think an abandoned warehouse or factory is quite likely, but there are other possibilities. How insistent are they about getting the money quickly?”
 
“They have threatened that there will be ‘unpleasant consequences’ if they do not have the money by the end of the day tomorrow.”
 
Papa Joe told me to wait a moment. He was gone 20. 
 
“My people have located the building but they need time. The worst thing would be to storm in. I suggest you send half the money, but not exactly half, some odd portion like 53%.  tomorrow morning, saying you need another day to get the remainder.”
 
September 23
 
I followed Papa Joe’s advice. The abductors were not at all happy and they gave me a 24 hour deadline for receiving the remainder of the money, noon tomorrow.
 
This evening Papa Joe found me again.
 
“We think we have found a weak point in their security. There is clearly very little time. I need your permission for what we plan to do.”
 
Oh man!
 
“We will operate late at night, fortunately there is no moon, and there is one portion of the property that is very isolated, and one entrance that is remote. There are three people on site at all times, sometimes four. We will know how many and where they are. Three of our very finest, skilled operatives will enter the building at about 4:00 a.m. They feel confident that they can do so without being detected unless their luck is extremely bad. They also feel that there is every chance that they can go to the locations where the people are. At this time there will likely be only one awake. From there things will happen quickly but we feel that we have a very great chance of being successful in our rescue. One of our people will take out the guard who is awake and will retrieve the children. The other two will take out the perpetrators who are asleep.”
 
“How can I make this decision? My children’s lives are at stake.”
 
“Do the police have any more information regarding the location of where the children are being held?”
 
“No, none at all.”
 
“Alvin, the drunkard said some very frightening things regarding the fate of the children…”
 
“… Do it.”


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September 24
 
It’s over. The perps took our kids to an abandoned factory in a small town in Montana. Papa Joe’s people successfully entered the building and successfully got to the places where the kids were being held, as well as to where the others were sleeping, and they were sleeping, thank goodness. The operatives charged with taking out the sleepers were told to wait until they got a signal or heard shots. They did. They took out the sleeping perps and then rushed to where the kids were being held. The one surprise was that there were two people with the kids. They were both taken out, but before that was successfully completed both of our kids were shot. Fortunately, the shots were not well aimed. Lili took two bullets, one to her left leg, the other to her left hip. Lou was struck in the shoulder and high in the chest, above the heart and lungs. A helicopter came in and rushed them to the nearest hospital. Doctors expect both to recover fully. Lou will take some time to heal and Lili will need therapy in order to be able to walk normally. But they’re safe and Mai, Papa Joe and I are flying to them right now.
 
September 25
 
Lili is enraged with Mai and me. She screamed at us for a few minutes and ordered us out of her room. She blames us for what happened since we forced her to go to school and Lou joined her.
 
A small sample of what she had to say, “It would never have f***ing happened if it weren’t for you a$$h*les f***ing up my life. I HATE you both.”
 
There was a lot more. I had no idea she knew so many curse words. When she told us to leave we did. Papa Joe, thankfully, is there with her and he is her rock, as he has always been. 
 
“Give it time, Alvin. I will wait for as long as it takes for her anger to diminish and then I will try to slowly lead her back to you.”
 
I owe this man everything. I have for a very long time, but now more than ever.
 
Lou is not angry with us and he really wants us to be with him. We are with him as much as possible. Except for when he and Lili are together which is fairly often. She won’t enter his room if we are there, and won’t allow us to accompany him to her room. She walks with a walker but she sends a messenger to tell us to leave before coming to Lou’s room.
 
Needless to say security is tight at the hospital.
 
The police have questioned all of us regarding what happened, and how we managed the rescue. We gave them no information. Finally Papa Joe took the lead detective aside and spoke with him for quite some time. 
 
When the conversation ended the detective said to his men and women, “We’re finished here, folks. Let’s go.”
 
I looked at Papa Joe. He smiled and said, “Don’t ask.”
 
I didn’t.


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September 25
 
Jed Trey again. I was relieved to hear that the kids are safe. Lou, Ben and I are doing all we can to keep things running smoothly here. Practice starts in a week and we’re making plans as if Blade won’t be here, just in case.
We lost 2 guys we were chasing this week. The 3rd has us at #2 but we’re visiting him again, as well as 3 other guys, 2 of whom we’ve offered to.
 
September 30
 
We’re back home. Lili would neither speak with us nor sit anywhere near us on the plane. She will be staying in Papa Joe’s house, which was completed while we were gone. Sing and their two kids, as well as Ling are there. Our house, that is, Mai, Lou, Ling and my house, is just about ready. We’ll stay in our temp house for 2-3 days and then move in. We’ve ramped up security everywhere.
 
I’m not ready to go back to work yet. Neither is Mai. I have no timetable. It’s unfortunate that it’s the first year in a new job for both of us, but we need to take care of our children and each other. 
 
Lou is pretty traumatized. He’s full of fears, and not yet healed. He is well enough to be home but he has nurses around the clock.
 
Lili has physical therapy every day. We bring someone in and have rented all of the necessary equipment. She is showing no fear but is still extremely angry- at Mai and me, at the perps, at the world.
 
To everyone except for Papa Joe and her brother and sister, she is incommunicado.
 
October 2
 
Jed Trey. We’re having a tough time filling those last three scholarships, possibly because Blade isn’t around. Doing what we can.
First day of practice. 
 
We’re picked 3rd in conf., behind UCLA and Cal.
 
October 5
 
Lou is in psychotherapy as well as physical therapy. He is healing physically but emotionally he’s a wreck, which is very understandable. Lili should be there too, but she won’t hear of it. She’s buried in work with “CoolSmart” and “FtH.” She talks with her siblings and with Papa Joe. She’s polite to Sing and their kids but not very communicative. Papa Joe says anything he might try now, regarding getting her to open up to us would be counterproductive. He draws her out at times, he says, but she is hiding in her work mostly.
 
I feel like I’m ready to go back to work part time and Mai feels the same. We’re going to work something out so that one of us is at home at all times. Ling is somewhat affected as well, but it doesn’t seem to be too pronounced. Papa Joe and Sing’s kids seem fine. We will watch all of them though.
Papa Joe asked what would happen once the season starts and we are on the road. I told him that I would only go on road trips if and when I felt that I could. I told my A. D. the same and he accepted it well.


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November 6
 
We have a lineup. There are minutes up for grabs but for now it’s Lem Hay and Ron Bing starting at guard with Doug Myre and Keb Law backing them up. Mike Kidd is solid in the middle. Glen Hix is at PF. Em Spar is at SF but Ty Robb wants minutes at both 4 and 3. Let’s see what happens. 
I ask the family who’d like to go to Hawaii for the tourney and Lou and Ling want to go. They will come. Lili didn’t even respond. I know she’d love to go but not with me, and Papa Joe can’t get away right now.
 
November 13
 
And we’re off!
 
November 21
 
Great opening to the season. We opened at home and beat Georgetown 64-37. 21, 18, 2, 1, 2 for Mike Kidd. He’s for real! 
 
Then Mai, Lou, and Ling flew with us to Hawaii. We won the first game of the tourney against Houston, 76-61. It was a team effort, 7 guys scoring between 6 and 16, 7 TOs, +8 boards.
 
Semifinal of the tourney was a 63-53 win over Weber ST. 25 for Ron Bing from the SG spot. Mike got in early foul trouble and played only 17 minutes but we were still +7 on the boards.
 
The final was against #13 Providence and we won 65-56. 16, 15, 6 for Mike, 15, 6 for Lem at PG, 6, 10, 4 for Glen Hix at PF. 
 
We are ranked #7, which is probably too high, but we’re +12.5 in RBs, and +3.8 in TOs. The trip seems to have been therapeutic for Lou. He relaxed and appeared to enjoy himself more often than not. 
 
2 at home this week, a rematch with Weber ST, and then #8 Texas Tech.
 
November 27
 
A 1-1 week. Evidently we’re 10 points better than Weber ST because we have now beaten them by 10 twice. 54-44 this time. 18, 16 for Mike, 11 TOs, 38 RBs.
 
Then #8 Texas Tech beat us 57-62. We hung with them for a long time but they were the better team. 16, 9, 4, 2, 3 for Mike, 11, 5 for Glen Hix, and 13, 3 for Doug Myre from the bench.  8 TOs, 39 RBs, but it wasn’t enough. We shot 27.1%, 4-22 from long range, and that’s what did us in.
 
At #21 New Mexico then back home for #8 Creighton so this won’t be an easy week.
 
El Dove, a PG, and rated #39, committed to us.
 
Lili hasn’t changed her attitude toward her parents at all. Papa Joe says she stops him if he tries to discuss us. She is still in a fair amount of pain and is still not walking properly. PT every day and she’s working at it. She missed Lou’s 15th birthday since he was in Hawaii, but he says she emailed him, and then called when she felt certain he would be in his room, which he was.
 
I’m going on our road trips but may still miss a game or more than one.
 
The details of Lili and Lou’s experience and rescue are slowly coming out. They spent the time in captivity with one wrist handcuffed to a bed, in separate rooms during the day. At night they slept in the same room but still handcuffed. Evidently they were fed decent food and were not threatened or hurt physically. 
 
As to the rescue, the operative burst into the room, and started shooting. One of the guards had his weapon but was hit almost immediately. The shots that hit the kids were fired as he fell and not aimed at all.
 
The medical helicopter had been alerted and was standing by, in the air, only a couple of miles from the scene. Medical personnel started treating the kids immediately but there was a delay in removing him since it took a bit of time to locate the key to the handcuffs.
 
What a nightmare.


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December 4
 
Another 1-1 week. We lost a squeaker to #21 New Mexico there, 72-75. Poor shooting again. We took 11 more shots but only made one more. +8 RBs. I don’t like giving up 75 points but the 2nd half was a shootout, 44-51. 
 
Then we came home and beat #8 Creighton 66-56. 24, 12, 3 for Mike. We were down by as many as 12 in the 1st half but the 2nd was ours.
 
At UConn and home to #14 Oklahoma this week. We’re giving more minutes to Keb Law at guard.
 
December 11
 
A 2 win week- barely. 70-69 over UConn there. Lem Hay hit a 3 at the buzzer for the win. 1st bad night ball handling, 17 TOs.
 
Then we came home and beat#14 Oklahoma 72-50[B][/B]. We led all the way. 16, 13, 5, 1, 4 for Mike. 16 TOs. Not happy with the last 2 games in that category.
 
This week it’s at #17 Cincinnati, and home with #18 Indiana. We’re 8-2, ranked #8, RPI #12.
 
We lose a recruit but looking at four guys for two spots.
 
December 18
 
Another 2-0 week. We beat #17 Cincinnati there, 64-54. Our front court dominated theirs, 36, 16, 6 to 15, 13, 4. 16 TOs again. We’re working on it.
 
Back home for a 59-48 win over #18 Indiana. 15, 10, 2, 3, 1 for Mike. 15 TOs so it’s not getting much better.
 
A one game week, LSU here.
 
I’m talking mostly about basketball but I’m spending a lot of time with Lou, Ling and Mai. Family is vital right now, and far more important than basketball. I’m doing my job, but I am delegating a lot more than usual to my three very competent assistants.
 
December 21
 
Lili slashed her wrists last night. Papa Joe got there in time. 
 
“I had this feeling so I went in to check on her. The bed was full of blood and she was barely responsive. I called 911 and worked to stop the bleeding as I shouted for Sing to come and help and to call you.”
 
She’s in the hospital. They got her in time and there will be a full recovery. She didn’t lose enough blood, and she wasn’t out long enough to cause brain damage. She will be committed to a very exclusive, very expensive facility. Thankfully she’s not 18 yet (16 ½) so we can keep her there as long as necessary. I have no doubt she sign herself out if she could. It will be difficult and I expect Mai and I will be even more the villains to her. She is allowing Papa Joe and Lou and Ling to see her but no one else.
 
December 25
 
Jed Trey here. The LSU game was the night before Lili hurt herself so Blade coached it. We won 82-55. 31, 13, 7 for Mike. 5 TOs. We end the pre-conf. season 11-2, ranked #6, RPI #4. Coach says he will not be going to Colorado for our conf. opener. I will coach the team.
 
January 1
First game I ever missed but I saw it on TV. 75-59 at Colorado. Jed did a great job. 23, 8, 5, 2, 3 for Mike, 28 points from the bench, 13 TOs, 32 RBs.
 
This week it’s 6-6, 0-1 Oregon ST here, and then we travel to #14 Cal, 9-3, 1-0. I hope to go on the trip but we’ll see.
 
We’re still finding things out about the abduction. Other things we may never learn. The kids were never blindfolded. The detective says that means there can be no doubt that the plan was to kill them. Otherwise they could have identified the abductors, three of whom had long criminal records, while the fourth, the woman, had no record but was well known to the police and had photos on file.
 
These people were career criminals going for “the big score.”
 
As to the $53 million, we may never find it. It is Papa Joe’s money and he says he doesn’t care. If it ever turns up he will donate it to FtH.
 
“I’m just happy we got our kids back.”
 
Lili is now in the expensive treatment facility. She is refusing to cooperate. They tell us that this is not unusual and that most of their adolescent clients- it’s an adolescents only facility, eventually come around. The treatment consists of a combination of medication, talk therapy, both individual and group, and work as therapy.
 
Lili is not allowed to use a computer and that is a big part of her refusal to cooperate. The facility is standing firm. They tell us that she hides from life behind the computer since the abduction, and they need to break the pattern.





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