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He wants to win. At least Towe coached here for five seasons. His successor, Williams, resigned after last season to become an assistant at Marquette. Miller, the athletic director, remains puzzled by his departure, saying that Williams, a native Texan, did not have local ties or an apparent appreciation of the halting pace of recovery.
The university says it is owed the money, Miller said, adding that Williams has sued to have the contract voided, claiming he was misled about the post-Katrina conditions. Williams did not return a call seeking comment. For his part, Pasternack said he had no hard feelings about being overlooked a year ago.
He has been persistent to the point of pestiness in his career. In , his senior year, Pasternack began showering Ben Braun, the University of California coach, with letters and telephone calls while seeking to land a job as a video coordinator. He even showed up unannounced on campus and later forwarded a game plan on how to defeat U.
Perhaps no player was more buffeted by the storm than the senior guard James Parlow.
He signed with the team so he could play in his hometown, but his family lost its home in the Ninth Ward. The hurricane scattered his mother to Gadsden, Ala. It sits on high ground and did not flood during the storm, but part of the roof peeled away and about six inches of rainwater accumulated from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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The building remained without electricity for eight weeks, and the basketball court, although stored in sections, warped in the stifling heat. Mold-encrusted seats must be removed and replaced, along with ceiling tiles, before the building can reopen in the spring.
The arena, designated as an entertainment facility rather than an educational facility, was given a low priority for repair by the state. University officials also said they had encountered much red tape in dealing with the federal government. Athletic department officials continue to work out of cramped offices in the campus gym.
The golf coach works from home, freeing a desk for the radio announcer. In an office for assistant basketball coaches, a trash can catches water from a leaky roof.
Still, there are small victories. In the past two weeks, hot water began flowing again in the gym. Order Reprints Today's Paper Subscribe.