Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Johnny Dawkins, a Washington native, did the whole meet-and-greet thing on Stanford's campus recently after becoming the Cardinal's new men's basketball coach.

Dawkins, 44, a longtime assistant coach at Duke under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, was formally introduced by the school. He replaces reigning Pacific-10 coach of the year Trent Johnson, who led Stanford to the region semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001 before leaving to coach LSU.

"We're going to do something special here," Dawkins said. "It takes ownership from everyone. The one thing I believe is it's our program, it's not Johnny Dawkins's program. You only do things special when you do it together." . . .

One of the criticisms of Duke’s current coaching staff is that it was heavy on guards who couldn’t effectively coach big men. Immediately upon hearing of Dawkins’ hiring Stanford’s twin seven foot Lopez brothers declared for the NBA draft.

(Photo by Paul Sakuma/AP)

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