- Fran Fraschilla, College Basketball
As unfortunate as it is for the Arizona Wildcats to lose their Hall of Fame coach, Lute Olson, for the remainder of the season, they are fortunate they have an excellent replacement in Kevin O'Neill. And, if you know O'Neill's personality, you know he won't be playing the role of the substitute teacher.
O'Neill returned to Arizona's coaching staff this past spring after spending the previous seven years as an NBA head coach and assistant coach. With a reputation for incredible coaching intensity, he was brought back to Tucson to be, as Olson described him, "the hammer" in areas of discipline both on and off the court. In fact, when I talked to Olson about it this summer, he was ecstatic to have O'Neill back.
Kevin O'Neill is no stranger to the head coaching seat, and he is more than capable of leading Arizona in Lute Olson's stead, writes Fran Fraschilla.