After 38 years of training in college basketball, Steve Robinson could face more adjustments off the court than on it after moving to Arizona this season.
“Do you know what my first impression of Tucson was?” It was dark. And then I get to the hotel and one of the first things I see is a javelin, ”Robinson said. “I was like, ‘What is this? this? ‘”
In fact, however, there are also plenty of new experiences Robinson finds on the pitch after spending 26 years on two stints under Roy Williams.
One, of course, is UA’s new coach Tommy Lloyd.
“Coach Williams was (scheduled from) three am to 3:05 pm, 3:10 pm to 3:11 pm to 3:12 pm (afternoon), training that way,” said Robinson. “Tommy has a different approach. Tommy has maybe 10 things he wants to cover today, and he’s going through it and he covers those 10 things.
“It’s more different than what I’ve probably ever been in that I’ve been involved in, which is good. Damn, I’m 63. I have to do something different and make sure my brain is still working and thinking a bit. “
Of course, Robinson isn’t the only UA newcomer these days.
The Wildcats have six new scholarship players, four new substitutes, four new support staff and a new / former graduate assistant in former UA forward Ryan Anderson. Then there’s the staff of Lloyd, Robinson and former Gonzaga and Suns assistant Riccardo Fois, all new full-time coaches joining successful associate head coach Jack Murphy.