South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley already has one national championship.
But that doesn’t mean she thinks there’s no more for her to learn about winning at the highest level. And she says she’s looking forward to learning from a fellow Gamecock on the subject.
Staley said Wednesday that she has yet to speak with recently-crowned Super Bowl champ Alshon Jeffery since his Philadelphia Eagles won the NFL title this past weekend. Jeffery and Staley have been friendly for several years, and once the former USC football star joined the Eagles, Staley’s hometown team, the two became even closer.
Understandably, however, Jeffery is pretty busy in the wake of his world championship, which he boldly guaranteed in advance of Sunday’s game. And Staley, who is in the middle of a season herself, said would prefer to touch base with him after all the hoopla dies down so they can have a more extended conversation.
“I’d like to talk to him when it’s all said and done, when he gets back on campus, just to kind of pick his brain about how they did it, his prediction, and the type of atmosphere, the type of chemistry, the good, the bad,” Staley said. “Because you win a championship, it’s not always good. Everybody sees the good and the winning, but you don’t know, there’s some intrasquad stuff I know that goes on that you have to overcome to be a champion.”
Staley’s 2017 national championship run with the Gamecocks certainly enthralled fans, but her team did also have to fight through the late-season injury to center Alaina Coates.
In the meantime, though, Staley said she is simply happy that her hometown Philadelphia can celebrate “something that’s long overdue for our city.” Unfortunately, she had to watch the Super Bowl in a hotel room in Starkville, Mississippi, and she’ll also miss the celebratory parade in Philly on Thursday while she coaches USC in a game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
However, she did hint Wednesday that she might repeat her small celebration from the Mississippi State game, in which she wore an Eagles shirt on the sideline.
“It sucks to have a game tomorrow when the parade is going on. Maybe I can find some Eagles gear just to put myself in the mood,” Staley said.