College hoops spotlight: USF's Eric Skeeters
At every step in his climb up the proverbial college basketball coaching ladder, Eric Skeeters has learned an invaluable lesson.
Many of the lessons imparted to Skeeters – a Baltimore native now serving as an assistant coach at South Florida – came during his time working under Coppin State’s Fang Mitchell.
“I had to finish a scouting report for a game one time,” Skeeters recalled. “Fang came in the office the next day and said, ‘Did you get a chance to finish that report?’
“I said, ‘No, not yet. I’m almost done now.’
“Fang said, ‘Well did you sleep last night?’
“‘Well then you had time to do it.’”
It's been 12 years since Skeeters left Coppin. At South Florida, he enjoys coaching in the most high-profile basketball conference in the country. But the lengthy path that led to Tampa was predominantly paved thanks to his experience playing and coaching in Baltimore.