Monday, November 26, 2012

Will Brown sticks up for Mitch Buonaguro

ALBANY - Will Brown didn't say much about his team's next opponent Monday night.

The University at Albany men's basketball coach didn't talk at length about Siena College, but he did stick up for its coach, Mitch Buonaguro.

“Mitch is a good guy," said Brown, following his team's 66-63 victory over Wagner, on Monday. "He's a good coach and I think they'll be just fine.”

Coaches tend to stick together. They know what it's like when things are going well and conversely, they know how tough things can be when the road is rocky. 

“If it was that easy, everybody would be winning championships," Brown said. "It's a tough business. It's one that we signed up for.”

When asked about the heat Buonaguro is taking from fans, after a slow start, Brown came to his defense. 

“That's society that we live in today," Brown said. "People have nothing better to do than anonymously comment on a message board. And that's fine, it comes with the territory.”

Brown remembers back to the 2006 Rose Bowl, when Texas defeated USC. He was watching the game at a local restaurant, as fans called for Pete Carroll's head. Carroll's team had won the national championship the past two years, but wasn't performing on this day.

“It's a what have you done for me lately business,” said Brown.

In his 12 seasons at UAlbany, Brown has taken his fair share of criticism when things have gone rough for him.

“Social media nowadays and blog and forums, I think they do more harm than good,” he said.

Siena (2-4) and UAlbany (5-2)  meet on Saturday in a rivalry game and for possession of the Albany Cup. 

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