You immediately knew the type of person that she was, and that she was gonna be successful and she was gonna make our team successful. I'd say we hit it off pretty quick.
We are very different. She's much more high-strung; I'm much more laid back. But I think the way we work and our beliefs are all the same. It's kinda neat that we're so close, but so different.
She gets me a little more intense, and hopefully I calm her down a little bit. It's perfect.
When she got the OU job, I came down a couple times just to help her with stuff. They really didn't want her to hire another high school coach, so she didn't hire me, and it was no big deal. I just wanted her to be great.
She was looking for people, and finally she told them, “I need somebody to come do some work, because we've gotta get busy.” So they let her hire me.
My cancer battle was easier because of Sherri and the players. A lot easier.
It's still something I live with. It's still just a big part of who I am.
I'm healthy, but I don't think I'll ever be as healthy as I was before. I still take medicines, still get checkups all the time. But I feel fine. I love getting up every day and coming to work.
It changes you, so I don't know if you ever feel like you get back to “normal.”
My hair now is still different than it was before. It grows back different.
Mentally, I don't think it'll ever be the same. I'll always have that in the back of my mind, what I went through, and “Is it gonna come back?”
Sports prepare you for what you're gonna face in life. My being an athlete and being a coach and being in sports prepared me for my cancer battle. I think that's why I was so successful.
I know how to fight.
In basketball, you get a game plan and you go into battle.
You do the same thing when you have cancer. You have to figure out a game plan and how you're gonna attack it.
I also think sports are just fun. Why live in this world if you can't be happy and can't enjoy yourself?
Being around young people makes me happy.