Men’s Basketball Team Gets National Recognition

Best-selling author and journalist John Feinstein praises Seattle U’s return to Division I Status
2011-01-13
By Stacy Howard
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Photo Credit: Chris Joseph Taylor

Seattle U’s Coach Cameron Dollar and his team received high accolades in the Washington Post this week, from nationally recognized writer John Feinstein.  Best-selling author of books including A Good Walk Spoiled and A Season on the Brink, Feinstein tends to focus on heavy-hitting topics such as the history of the Indiana Hoosiers, the NFL and the World Series. So when he sat at the Seattle vs. Virginia game on December 22, he admitted he had to squint at the final score, Seattle 59, Virginia 53. 

Feinstein said many schools have tried over the years, to jump to Division I status tempted by the high amount of money institutions get if they make it to the NCAA Tournament. “Seattle, however, is not your typical Division I newbie. It has, to say the least, a rich basketball history,” Feinstein wrote. He went on to mention the school’s prior Division I status that sent 27 players to the NBA from 1958-1980, before opting out of Division I. 

"We know we've got a ways to go, but a win like this shows all of us the potential that is there,” Dollar told Feinstein. 

When Seattle U returned to Division I status last year, Sports Illustrated also recognized Dollar and his strategy on rebuilding a team from the ground up.   

The team plays its next four games on the road before returning home to face off against University of Portland at the Key Arena, Feb 5.  

To read John Feinstein’s full article please click here.