On today's Pardon My Take... Mark Titus! The longtime recurring guest, former Ohio State basketball player, and college hoops expert joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter to break down the entirety of the 2021 NCAA Tournament Bracket. In addition to that, one of the blue bloods in the sport has a vacancy for its head coaching position: Indiana. And for weeks, Titus has been very open about his choice for the job - Brad Stevens. Take a look:
I absolutely love the passion and extra steps he is taking in order to make this happen. Here is what he had to say about this rumor on today's show:
Mr. Cat: Let's talk some March Madness. The biggest story about this bracket is that next year, we'll be looking at one and Brad Stevens will be coaching Indiana. Let's do it.
Mark Titus: Big Cat, you're speaking my language. I have been very distracted this week with Brad Stevens. I've reached the point where I no longer know where I stand. Reality and the meme world have come together. It is all merged into one. I have meme'd myself into believing that this is a possible thing. I'm watching press conferences that I'd never cared to watch before. I'm on message boards in ways that I never thought I would be. Yeah, I don't know. I'm talking myself into it and it doesn't matter if it's real or not. I think it's just like the state of the world. We're coming out of a pandemic. We didn't have an NCAA tournament last year. I don't see the harm in wanting to believe in something, you know, I don't see the harm in that.
(Later in the Interview)
Mr. Commenter: When it comes to the actual job of Indiana, I think you and I might differ on this one. I don't think that it's that great of a job. People talk about the Indiana job like it's, you know, like you're the king of the world once you get there, it's the pinnacle, of like, it's the best job that you can have in America, regardless of profession. I don't think that it's that good of a job anymore.
Mark Titus: I see why you would think that, I think the reason people are excited about Brad going to IU is that... I don't actually think it's going to happen, in all honesty. I don't think it's going to happen. I do think it's greater than a zero percent chance. I think the people that are like, "He would never do this," they're just as stupid as guys like me that are trying to meme it into existence. I think it's somewhere in the middle. I think like, if Indiana offers him a 10 year contract, to double the salary, of course he's going to be like, "Alright, I'll think about it." And then call them back and say, "Never mind." But he's going to consider it, surely.
Mark Titus: But the reason it gets beaten down that he's from Indiana is because, I say this as a guy who grew up in the town next to where Brad grew up. He was from Zionsville, I'm from Brownsburg, they're right next to each other. The culture of Indiana basketball just seeps into you. And I'm talking about the university. Whether you're a fan of IU or not, it is it. It's the pinnacle. It's one of the programs, it's like Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Kansas. Those are the four that like, if you grow up in those states, you can't escape it. You'll never escape it, whether you're a fan of it or not.
Well, coincidentally, on the same day that Titus recorded this interview, it seems like the man himself said he is not leaving the Boston Celtics any time soon.
But if for some crazy reason, the Indiana native ends up coaching the Hoosiers, you have today's PMT guest to thank for the scoop.
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