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Republican: Kellogg & Flint Connect Through Texting

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Ron Chimelis has a nice feature in the Springfield Republican about UMass coach Derek Kellogg and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint. The former UMass guard and Minuteman coach connect via texting. Check out the story.

"Derek Kellogg and I talk once or twice a week. And, we text,'' said Bruiser Flint, whose Drexel Dragons beat Northeastern 63-58 in Saturday's doubleheader opener at TD Garden.

For Bruiser Flint and Derek Kellogg, friendship is only a text message away

Published: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 9:48 PM     Updated: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 9:54 PM
Derek KelloggDerek Kellogg once learned from Bruiser Flint on the UMass coaching staff; now the colleagues periodically share thoughts as coaches of UMass and Drexel. Both were at TD Garden Saturday.
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BOSTON - His men's basketball team is off to a fine start. So is his friend's.

"Derek Kellogg and I talk once or twice a week. And, we text,'' said Bruiser Flint, whose Drexel Dragons beat Northeastern 63-58 in Saturday's doubleheader opener at TD Garden.

Led by Kellogg, the University of Massachusetts took a 7-0 record into the Boston Tip-Off Classic nightcap against Boston College.

"His team's doing great. He doesn't need me anymore,'' said Flint, 45.

Drexel (5-1) is looking good, too.

"I think we're surprising some people, but I thought we had a chance to be good,'' Flint said.

Two players, including last year's leading scorer, were suspended indefinitely over the summer for off-court legal problems. But Flint thinks the team's overall talent might have been underestimated.

"We only have one senior and one junior who play, so we have a chance to be good for awhile,'' he said.

When Kellogg played at UMass from 1991-95, Flint was on John Calipari's coaching staff. Flint later coached the Minutemen for five years.

His first two teams reached the NCAA tournament, the last time UMass has done it.

Playing brutal schedules and competing against the shadow of Calipari's success, Flint was forced out in 2001. He went to Drexel that year, and has become the face of the program in his Philadelphia hometown.

"No gray hairs yet. Well, sometimes when my beard grows a little long,'' Flint said with a laugh.

When Kellogg and Flint communicate, strategy is only part of the discussion.

"Mostly, we talk about the mentality of our teams, how to push buttons and so on,'' the Drexel coach said.

Flint said he would not shy away from a UMass-Drexel game in future years, but that scheduling issues will make it difficult.

"It's hard, really. The big thing is what is beneficial to each team,'' Flint said.

"We don't get a lot of home games, and they already come to Philadelphia for the Atlantic 10, so I don't know.''

It probably won't happen next year at any rate. Drexel will play in the Paradise Jam next season. UMass is booked for a tournament in Cancun, Mexico.


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