Fran Dunphy is a Philadelphia basketball coaching legend. He led the Penn Quakers from 1989-2006 and the Temple Owls from 2006 until his retirement this last season, winning multiple league championships and coaching awards throughout.
Dunphy teaches a business management class at Temple. We spent some time in his office after class to talk about his career, how basketball has changed, how players have changed, how he has changed and why his worst loss was his most important game as a coach.
In this podcast: what it was like that first day after his coaching retirement (2:20), what he might do at Temple's first basketball game this season (3:50), how the game changed from his first coaching experience in 1971 to his final season in 2018-2019 (4:20), if he put together a plan or a set of principles early on in his career (6:30), how he has influenced so many people through the years and how those people influenced him (8:00), how today's athlete has changed (9:50), if he sees himself as a player's coach or a disciplinarian (11:10), why being a "mean" coach doesn't always work (12:20), if there is too much money in NCAA sports (13:40), how NCAA athletes may be compensated differently, but not with a salary (14:20), how tough recruiting was in the Ivy League (16:25), how he would seal the deal on a recruit (18:17), if there is an "X factor" in analyzing a player (19:10), what former Temple coach John Chaney told Dunphy when he took the Temple job (20:50), why Dunphy thinks Aaron McKie will be successful as the new Temple coach (23:00), what he thinks of a poll that ranked him as the most underrated coach in all of NCAA basketball (24:05), his thoughts on Jay Wright's "ridiculous" run at Villanova (24:55), how a coach faces doubt (25:40), how the game of basketball needs to be revised to remain competitive and relevant (26:55), his thoughts on Sixers stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (27:57), how difficult it is for a pro player to learn a new skill (29:00), how his business management class offers parallels between the business world and college coaching (29:55), how one learns from their darkest moments (32:22), how his most difficult loss at Penn was the most important game he had ever coached (32:47), if "moneyballing" and analytics is overused (35:37), when anyone should start thinking about legacy (36:45) and who is the better mascot: the Quaker or the Owl (37:12).
Recorded at Sullivan Hall at Temple University on September 17, 2019.