SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In an effort to build trust between his returning players and his eight freshmen, Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating has devised a handful of unconventional team-building activities on and off the basketball floor.
The one his players are still talking about weeks later required an iPod, head phones and some vocal warm-up exercises.
After instructing all the players to choose a song they knew word-for-word, Keating told them they had to put on a pair of headphones and sing along to the song in front of the entire team. The winner was the player who could go the longest without messing up the lyrics or getting too shy or embarrassed to continue.
"The other coaches told me, 'There's no way they're going to do this,' but they all did it," Keating said Wednesday. "They didn't complain about it. They weren't shy. They got up there and owned it as long as they could. We kept a clock and they were all rooting for each other. My ...