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KEZI Sports Extra Podcast: Oregon women's basketball coach Kelly Graves

In this edition of the KEZI Sports Extra Podcast, Oregon women's basketball coach Kelly Graves talks about taking his first head coaching job at 24, why he chose Oregon, the Ducks new celebrity status, and meeting Harrison Ford.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 1:45 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 10:13 AM

Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon head women's basketball coach Kelly Graves sat down with KEZI 9 Sports Director Andrew Haubner for the newest edition of the podcast. The two touched on a variety of topics, including...

2:04 - On the 3 point line being introduced to the NCAA in his final year of college. 

4:32 - On road trips in the old Mountain West. 

5:41 - Taking the LSAT the day of a game. 

6:18 - Deciding between the LSAT and playing basketball. 

7:25 - Why he chose to coach women's basketball.

7:53 - His first coaching job at Big Bend Community College. 

9:05 - On being a 24 year old head coach. 

10:37 - The most surprising thing about his 30+ years of coaching. 

11:25 - His biggest coaching influences. 

14:07 - Learning to delegate as being a head coach. 

15:20 - On whether or not he thought Oregon's celebrity status as a program was possible when he took the job. 

17:42 - On the Civil War rivalry. 

19:36 - Compartmentalizing the outside noise as a program. 

21:51 - On Sabrina Ionescu's rise to stardom. 

22:30 - How Sabrina has transcended women's basketball. 

24:44 - What kind of leader Sabrina is. 

28:10 - How she's prepared for the 2019-2020 season.

30:33 - How she can help the WNBA from an exposure standpoint. 

34:00 - Balancing being an advocate of the sport while keeping the focus on the athletes. 

39:10 - His best memories from the 2019 Final Four. 

43:05 - His flight with Harrison Ford and time with Robert Redford. 

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