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March Madness - Worst Coaching Job on Day 1 by Brad Brownell


By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

The "What Were You Thinking" award was won hands down by the UNC-Wilmington coach, Brad Brownell, who allowed his team to blow an 18 point lead in the second half against George Washington. The sweater vest wearing coach saw his team up 64-46 at the 10:54 mark of the second half. George Washington then scores 6 points on two three pointer in less than 40 seconds and UNC-Wilmington called a 20 second timeout. So far so good.

However, after that timeout, Brownell didn't call another timeout until there were 2 minutes left in the game and his entire 12 point lead had completely evaporated. He allowed GW to go on a 19-0 run (13-0 after the 20 second timeout) without stopping play with a timeout other than the 2 TV timeouts at the under 8 and the under 4. UNC-Wilmington had 2 more timeouts (1 of which was used perfectly to setup a 3 pointer just seconds out of the timeout), but you have to question what the point is of saving those timeouts when you see your team completely falling apart. Those two timeouts, especially the second one, would have been much better to use during the GW run since teams usually only have 1 or 2 huge runs in them a game.

And, if you want to say you need those timeouts for the end of the game, well, Brownell ended up not having any timeouts for the last 90 seconds and his team was unable to call a TO to setup a play with the last possession where TJ Carter missed a shot with 7 seconds still left on the game clock. The terrible timeout management during the game really didn't help the UNC-Wilmington players late in the game.