On Monday Missouri Tiger head basketball coach met with the media to discuss the highs and lows of the 2004-2005 season. Here are comments from the head coach:

On the season as a whole: “We’ve come a long way in a year from where we were last year, even at this time. (We’ve) endured a lot that I think has made us stronger and I think I’ve become a better coach.”

On watching the NCAA Tournament instead of competing in it: “I watched every game Saturday and Sunday and drove myself crazy and I hope our kids are doing the same.”

On not having anyone go pro or transfer: “Those things can always change, but right now everyone’s anticipating being (back), obviously other than (Jason) Conley and (Brian) Dailey. So we do have a good nucleus to work with and hopefully we’ll add a few parts too, that I think can help us.“

On accepting the pressure to make the tournament in 2005-2006: “You try stay focused on doing your job and those things take care of themselves. That’s the arena that we live in. It’s college athletics. It’s a high pressure game.”

On rumors concerning whether or not he’ll be back in 2005-2006–by his choice or someone else’s: “Truthfully, there’s probably more rumors about me than most people, don’t you think? I mean, I think it’s been that way since the first time I got my haircut, walking out of the barber shop.”

On dealing with rumors: “You know, it’s a whole lot easier to handle all that stuff when you’re winning. That’s what you want, then you really get to have fun with it and that’s where I want to get.”