The short-term strategy certainly doesnt seem all that quixotic.
We think we have the kind of team that -- if we get in this situation over the course of three days -- well be a tough out, Northern Arizona mens basketball coach Jack Murphy said in early reference to his first Big Sky Conference tournament. So our ultimate goal is to make the conference tournament and let the basketball gods take over from there.
But based on short-term history, the basketball gods may have to call in a favor or two. While Murphys enthusiasm for Lumberjacks basketball can be a bit intoxicating, the pragmatists remind us that he inherited a team that finished 5-24 last season -- and that freefall included a 1-15 mark in conference play.
The 32-year-old Murphy is beginning his initial head-coaching gig one season after longtime NAU coach Mike Adras left the program and a few months following the transfer of freshman guard James Douglas.
There isnt much leftover power along the Lumberjacks baseline ...