Sellout crowd enjoys ETSU’s inaugural Holding Court event
From left to right, Jay Bilas, Les Robinson, Sonny Smith, Bobby Cremins and Murry Bartow take part in the Holding Court event at the Carnegie Hotel..
From left to right, Jay Bilas, Les Robinson, Sonny Smith, Bobby Cremins and Murry Bartow take part in the Holding Court event at the Carnegie Hotel..

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas joined some of the country’s best coaching minds to share stories, discuss X’s and O’s, and game philosophy during Tuesday’s special preseason tipoff event

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2013) – A capacity crowd of over 200 people packed the Carnegie Hotel’s Grand Soldiers Ballroom Tuesday night to take part in the inaugural “Holding Court” preseason basketball event featuring ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

The gathering, which was presented by Johnson City Honda, also featured former college head coaches Bobby Cremins, Les Robinson and Sonny Smith. In addition, current coaches such as Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few joined in the discussion via live video conferencing from their respective campuses.

"This was a great way to start talking about the upcoming college basketball season, and I’m very grateful to everyone that agreed to be part of it,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose relationships with each coach helped secure their participation for the evening. “To have this event for the first time and to have a sellout crowd was fantastic, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Jay Bilas and the six coaches who were so gracious to be here.”

The event, which was also sponsored for the evening include Carnegie Hotel and One Stop Wine and Spirits, featured opportunities for fans to meet the 2013-14 ETSU men’s and women’s basketball teams, live video interviews with Krzyzewski, Calipari and Few, and a special question and answer session with the panel of Bilas, Cremins, Robison, Smith and Bartow.

Longtime ETSU fan and Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association member Danny Simerly was pleased with the turnout and excitement of the event.

“I’m always ready for the start of basketball season and this was the perfect way to get everyone ready for the new year,” Simerly said. “Seeing both the men’s and women’s teams here to greet everyone was great, and having the chance to see all these coaches interact was special.”

For more on ETSU basketball throughout the 2013-2014 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.

Follow ETSU Athletics on Twitter Twitter and become a fan on Facebook Facebook.
WSOC ETSU 2 Spartanburg, S.C.
Aug 21 USC Upstate 0
MSOC Virginia Tech (Ex) 1 Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 22 ETSU 2
WSOC ETSU 3 Radford, Va.
Aug 24 Radford 1
VB ETSU 0 Blacksburg, Va.
Aug 28 Virginia Tech 3
WSOC Tennessee Tech 0 Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 28 ETSU 1
MSOC ETSU 1 Clemson, SC
Aug 28 Clemson University 3
VB ETSU 0 Radford, Va.
Aug 29 Washington St. 3
VB ETSU 3 Radford, Va.
Aug 29 LIU Brooklyn 1
WSOC NC State 2 Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 30 ETSU 0
MSOC High Point University Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 1, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WSOC Eastern Kentucky Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
FB Kennesaw State Home
Sep 3, 7:30 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Troy, Ala.
Sep 4, 4:00 p.m. Alabama St.
VB ETSU Troy, Ala.
Sep 5, 10:30 a.m. CSU Bakersfield
VB ETSU Troy, Ala.
Sep 5, 3:30 p.m. Troy
MSOC ETSU Radford, VA
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. Radford University
WSOC Navy Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 6, 1:00 p.m. ETSU
MSOC ETSU Boone, NC
Sep 9, 7:00 p.m. Appalachian State University