Inside Athletics: February 22, 2014

This week’s special edition of the Inside Athletics Podcast features the ODAC basketball tournament preview.  Dave’s guests are head men’s basketball coach, Kirby Dean and head women’s coach, Kevin Griffin.  With the men currently holding the #5 spot with one game remaining, they will host a first round game against the #12 team on Tuesday night with the winner going on to Salem for the quarterfinals on Friday.  Kirby talks about the gradual improvement of the Runnin’ Royals and their approach to the tournament.  He also gives his insights on the parity that exists among ODAC teams this year.  The women clinched the #1 spot in the tournament with a win at Shenandoah this week and will begin play next Thursday at 1pm.  Coach Griffin reflects on playing all season with “the bull’s eye” on their back and how the team has come together throughout the season, particularly after the loss of sharp-shooting Marla zumFelde.  He also shares his perspective on the tournament and what it will take to win it all.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.