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Toledo: Yep. He was a legend. He's more famous than the kid here.
we interviewing the wrong Lavin?
No, this one makes more money.
Lavin: Yeah, Dad was an English teacher. He wants my money now.
(To BT) I was born in 1964, so what were you doing in '64?
I was a senior quarterback in high school.
I graduated from high school in '82, what were you doing in '82?
I was head coach at University of Pacific.
not All-Americans, nor are many of our readers, but will you guys
give us your recruiting pitch?
The bottom line is we're selling a good product. And that's what
we are, salesmen. We've got to sell the school, the surroundings
and the future. We go out and make sure we convince those student
athletes that this is a great place to be and that the future is
I agree. Mainly, we're selling a great institution. It's the best
package of academics and athletics in the country. UCLA attracts
super achievers and that's part of what makes it an exciting place
to go to school and compete. We don't talk much about basketball
in their homes. What we're really trying to do is paint a picture
for the family to see this as a place they can imagine their son
growing up and thriving in. The biggest thing we talk about is the
long term, the big picture - that they should look at this decision
as a 50-year game plan. The average pro career is three years. That
puts you at age 25. In that 50-year span, from 25 to 75, UCLA is
going to build a foundation for you, if you take advantage of the
resources, the connections, etc. Now you're building a foundation
for life. Sure it's great to beat Duke or USC on a Saturday afternoon,
or to have a great college or even pro career. But those are all
just short-term plans. Here, you're building a life.
Look, two years ago we did not have a guy drafted. Ohio St. did
not have a guy drafted last year. You can get your degree and go
on to play pro football if you're good enough. But the ultimate
thing is, you can't play forever, you've got to get the piece of