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- The best thing that Pearl did for Tennessee was sell the program to the students. BC struggles with student attendance. Even when the student sections do fill up to 75 percent or so, most of the students arrive well after the first TV timeout. Sometime students are still streaming in at the half-way mark in the first half, which is really disheartening to see. Donahue needs to take a page out of Pearl's playbook here and start working the cafeterias, the million dollar staircase, and maybe even a few residence halls to talk up his program and sell tickets. No coach at a big-time program should have to sell tickets this way, but by eating his pride and going down this path, Pearl was able to bring a lot more excitement to the program, helping him with recruiting and giving his team an extra boost when they hit a three or dunked it. Conservatively, I think that Donahue could double tip-off student attendance if he was to do this.
- Get animate during games. One of the things that made the Skinner era pretty boring, besides the flex offense, was the fact that Skinner seemed apathetic on the sidelines. While we all know this wasn't the case, I love it when Donahue gets into someone's face after they've made a bonehead move. I honestly wish he did it more often because it revs up the fans and brings another level of intensity to the game. I want to know that my coach cares just as much about BC basketball as I do and believes that the program should be striving for excellence. Conversely, some coaches just don't like being animate during the games so it's a fine line to walk because you want your coach to be comfortable and not to come off as fake. I just think Pearl was perfect when he would get so upset he would take off his jacket and flash the orange suspenders. While I'm on the subject of strange things to bring to your sidelines as a coach, Donahue really needs to leave the chap stick at home. It is not manly.
- Surprise appearances with student activities. Two things that immediately come to mind here are when Pearl made a surprise appearance at a University of Tennessee concert to rap, which actually went over really well, and when Pearl painted his chest for a UT women's basketball game. Both of those moves made ESPN, and were probably clips that the Tennessee coaching staff showed recruits. Now, I don't expect Donahue to rap and I beg him not to paint his chest, but I'm sure that he has interests which would align with a few student activities, and it would be awesome if he could find the time to interact with the students now and again because I really think it would build student support for the basketball team.