Bill Self: 'He thought I was crazy'

Bill Self: 'He thought I was crazy'

On Bill Self's Hall of Fame weekend, thoughts from Loren Tate

Illinois coach Bill Self was sold on Rich McBride. Columnist Loren Tate tried to convince him Andre Iguodola was the better high school prospect.

Finally, the night before an Illini road trip, Tate traveled to Springfield one last time to scout the two Lanphier stars.

Boarding the team bus the next morning, Tate saw Self sitting in his customary front-row seat.

"You go to Springfield?" Self asked Tate.

"I thought Iguodala was really good," Tate said. "I think he's a pro. Those were my exact words."

Self's reaction?

"He swore at me and told me to go sit down," Tate said. "I didn't talk to him the rest of the trip. He thought I was crazy."

McBride wound up at Illinois for what turned out to be an unspectacular college career. Iguodola starred at Arizona and is still enjoying a stellar NBA run (he's won two NBA titles and was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015).

It was one of the few recruiting mistakes made by Self in a short but productive three-year stay at Illinois.


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Moonpie wrote on July 12, 2017 at 10:07 am

The Great Ancient Tate! Why, he even knows more than Bill Self!

Tate should definitely be the Illinois coach. We'd win it all very year!

And yet, I think he prefers being a smug, arrogant, and condescending cheerleader. Oh, well!

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