View Full Version : Interview w/Long Beach St. AD re: Monson

05-30-2007, 10:06 AM

I like his description of the Minnesota situation that Monson stepped into: "super double super probation."

05-30-2007, 10:34 AM
"Could this be the next Gonzaga?" I never get tired of reading this ...

05-30-2007, 03:10 PM
Due respect to Monson, I think he gets too much credit for "building" Gonzaga. And Fitz doesn't get enough.

05-30-2007, 04:15 PM
It's always hard to know what goes on inside a program, but I do agree Fitz doesn't get enough credit for what he did at GU.

05-30-2007, 04:58 PM
Monson has recently received some criticism down here in L.A. on the sports radio stations for not recruiting the area. In his first couple of months he has already signed two Oregon players:



The bottom line is that while there is plenty of talent in Southern California, Oregon also has some great recruits. You have to go after players that fit your system in order to build it from the ground up. Sounds like Monson is doing just that.

05-30-2007, 05:48 PM
I think Monson deserves the credit he gets for building the GU program, and I would also agree that Fitz doesn't get enough. Fitz did a lot of things right that made GU a successful WCC program. He admittedly did not have a vision of GU as a national program, but Monson (and Few as well) sold him on that. While what GU has become is owed significantly to timing and opportunity, Monson did have a vision for GU as a nationally significant program. It was Monson that went out and scheduled ridiculous early season schedules and it was Monson who went after players a notch above what GU had in the past. Fitz's system, program ideals, and committment to player development were all essential, but Monson was the guy who thought the Zags could compete on a higher level.