Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Durham, Dolphins Ready to Hold Court

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Durham, Dolphins Ready to Hold Court

Article excerpt

When Hugh Durham walks out of the locker room and onto the

sidelines of the Coliseum court tonight, his palms will be

sweaty. His stomach will churn. No matter how long you coach,

some things never change.

Those are the aspects of coaching that Durham said he didn't

miss. But the competition. That's something Durham missed

greatly during his twoyear absence from coaching.

Durham will have the competitive juices flowing tonight for his

first official game as head basketball coach of Jacksonville

University, when his Dolphins play host to Florida A&M (0-2) at

7:30 p.m.

"You always get nervous," Durham said. "If you don't get

nervous, you're probably not ready."

One person who will be glad to see Durham back on the sidelines

is JU assistant coach Doug Durham, Hugh's son. Initially, Doug

thought it would be nice to have his father around after he was

fired by Georgia following the 1994-95 season.

But after two years of observing Hugh, Doug knew Hugh wasn't

ready for retirement.

"I think I like him better this way," Doug said. "I wondered

why he'd want to get back in until I spent two years with him

when he was out of it. It's just a comfortable environment for

him. He's a competitive guy and needs to be in competitive

situations."

Durham, 59, enters his 30th season of coaching, having spent 17

years at his alma mater, Florida State, and 12 at Georgia.

Coming to JU may be the most challenging situation he has faced.

The Dolphins are coming off a 5-23 season, the worst record in

school history. Since taking the job in March, Durham has

already made wholesale changes, adding eight new players to the

five returning Dolphins.

He likes what he has seen in his team so far, but is still

uncertain how the 1997-98 season will unfold. …

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