Trevor gets one-up on his mentor

I didn’t think anyone could top Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver when it came to the quote department. He is by far the most entertaining when it comes to interviews, be it pre-game, post-game doesn’t matter.

Well his best friend and former assistant Paul Trevor has surpassed him – at least for the moment. Trevor is in his second year as head coach at San Francisco State after spending eight successful seasons alongside Oliver at Cal State.

Trevor was back at Coussoulis Arena on Friday as the Gators maded their annual trek South to play the Coyotes. It has been a tough season so far as the young Gators are 2-9 overall and 0-5 in CCAA play. They’re dead last in the 12-team conference.

I spent a few minutes talking to Trev at halftime of the women’s game. which preceded the men’s.

In talking about his team’s struggles Trevor offered this gem . . .

“We’re like a team right out of the Wizard of Oz. My No. 1 could use a heart, my No. 2 could use a brain and my 1, 3 and 5 could use a little bit of courage.”

Trevor added that he is confident in his players and thinks they’ll get it together but they’re going through the growing pains that can happen when you’re competing in a top-notch conference.

The Coyotes prevailed 73-54 but the Gators played hard. Despite giving up the first 12 points of the game, they came back and were down by just five points midway though the second half.