Final Four: Lobs from the Lobby

By David Scott - March 29, 2007

Our distinguished color commentator for this session of "Coaches Hotel Lobby Lowdown" is none other than Tony Chiles, an assistant coach on Bruiser Flint's staff and a man recently named one of CBSsportsline's Top 10 rising assistants in the nation.

Chiles is one of the most connected New York City recruiters and has coached at Manhattan College, Iona College and now Drexel. He is a grad of Columbia, where he was a pretty nifty guard for the Lions.

All that is seocndary to Chiles' true talent: Funniest Coach on Earth.

So, TC, how's the lobby treating you.

"I'm tired man, you just woke me up. You think I can come out of bed just making threes? Let me warm up"

He's making this hard to justify expensing the Lilte beer.

"It's kind of slow right now," says Chiles. "It's heavy traffic, but there's not a lot going on. Oh, that's the fired Georgia State coach over there (Michael Perry)."

"There's the Nevada coach (Mark Fox), he's like me, he doesn't wear any gear - I've got no Drexel stuff on, as you see," says Chiles. "There's Fran-Tastic, Fran Dunphy (Temple). You've got guys looking for tickets. There's Kevin Clark from Rhode Island."

Now we're rolling. The Lite beer is starting to work it's magic.

"I'm getting my bitter back on, too," Chiles says.

. . . Coaches spotted: Andy Kennedy of Ole Miss, In-demand Billy Gillespie of Texas A&M, coaching legend Billy Tubbs, Pitt assistant Orlando Antigua, Marist assistant Rob O'Driscoll, Fordham's Derrick Whittenburg.

. . . Non-coaches spotted: Rudy Martzke, the former USA Today emdia columnist and his ever-trusty sidekick, "Mouse." Recruiting guru, Clark Francis, Andy Katz from ESPN.

Posted by David Scott at 05:25 PM on March 29, 2007

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