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By BRENDAN McGAIR
If thereâ€™s one thing I regret about the article regarding the yeomanâ€™s work on the part of Providence Collegeâ€™s athletic training staff, itâ€™s that thereâ€™s no quotes from Ken White, the schoolâ€™s strength coach.
Like head athletic trainer Bryn VanPatten, White has been plying his trade at PC for some time â€“ heâ€™s currently in his 10th year at the college. One quote that didnâ€™t make the article - http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/10821 - should help shed some light on the working relationship between VanPatten and White.
â€śWeâ€™re always in constant contact, emails, text messages. Every day after practice I give an update about whatâ€™s going on,â€ť said VanPatten. â€śWeâ€™re always on the same page. Having good support from the strength coach is extremely important.â€ť
Now that the air has been cleared, letâ€™s turn our attention to the real business at hand. The Friars have a golden opportunity tonight against a Creighton squad that no doubt remembers how Januaryâ€™s meeting in Providence went down. In his latest NCAA Tournament projection, ESPNâ€™s resident bracket guru Joe Lunardi has PC among his â€śfirst four out.â€ť
A loss to the Bluejays on their home floor wouldnâ€™t necessarily spell curtains to PCâ€™s NCAA dream. It would just mean that Ed Cooley & Co. will have to do some heavy lifting at next weekâ€™s Big East Tournament.
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