Harlan on men's hoops: We'll do the right thing
Shortly after Mark Harlan's introductory press conference Tuesday at USF, school officials granted three reporters a sit-down with the Bulls' new athletic director in a Selmon Center conference room.
During that informal 20-minute session, Harlan was asked his thoughts on the men's basketball program (12-19), which enters the American Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday as the No. 10 seed mired in an eight-game losing streak.
"To be very candid, I've been so ingrained in UCLA basketball...but I look forward to looking into that program as well as the others," said Harlan, who works closely with Bruins coach Steve Alford as the school's senior associate AD for external relations.
"Obviously (the Bulls) have been in the tournament (in 2012) and have proven they can do it, so we've just got to get back and figure out what we need to do to get that thing going."
Harlan said he doesn't plan on attending this week's American tournament in Memphis, Tenn. He did catch some of the Bulls' loss to Houston last week on TV, and said he was impressed "by a lot of the youngsters running around out there."
When asked about his job security shortly after the Bulls' one-point loss Saturday to Temple, Coach Stan Heath said he's hopeful he can have his own sit-down with the new AD to discuss the program's future.
Harlan, who doesn't officially start at USF until April 7, indicated he'll do extensive homework before making any decisions.
"I think you've got to be really smart about all those things," Harlan said. "I haven't evaluated the program enough to understand all those things, and certainly I'll learn a little bit more during this process. But most important is doing the right thing."