INDIANAPOLIS -- The private plane is why I agreed to the plan.
Sure, the idea was nice in general.
And I knew it could be fun and interesting.
But when my colleague Jeff Goodman suggested we do something different this summer and try to show readers the opposite worlds that high-major coaches and low-major coaches operate in during the July evaluation period, I added one stipulation before I signed up. I told him he'd have to let me travel like a high-major and he'd have to go low-major. Because Goodman is a team player, he obliged. So a little later on this morning I'll meet up with Michigan State's Tom Izzo while Goodman does the same with Texas-Pan American's Ryan Marks, and that's the way we'll spend the next three days.
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We'll all four start by sitting in the same bleachers.
Then, at some point, Izzo and I will go one way and Marks and Goodman will go another. What we hope to demonstrate -- both with words and pictures in this blog -- is how high-major coaches and low-major coaches don't live the same way despite technically being in the same profession. When Izzo and I leave Indianapolis for another event, we'll do so on a private plane. When Goodman and Marks leave Indianapolis for another event, well, I don't know how they'll do it, tell the truth. But I know they won't have a private plane, and I know they won't be staying in the same type of hotels, and I know they won't be watching the same type of prospects, either.
I'll be with Izzo all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while Goodman shadows Marks. We will update this blog several times a day each day with first-person observations from the road, and with some luck you'll have a better understanding by Friday night of how a man with a massive recruiting budget spends this month as opposed to a man with almost no recruiting budget at all. Some of it will be serious basketball stuff. Some of it will just be goofy anecdotes. Hopefully, all of it will be enjoyable. So bookmark this blog and return regularly. We'll check in from the gym in a little while. And I'll almost certainly Tweet from the private plane.