"Greg has a unique basketball background and has achieved a great deal of success thus far in his coaching career. He is a rising star in the Canadian basketball scene and we are thrilled that he will be leading the Golden Bears basketball program into the future. Coach Francis is a person of outstanding character and he is very familiar with players nationwide. Therefore, we are confident that he will attract exceptional Canadian student-athletes to the University of Alberta."Hiring Greg Francis from Canada Basketball to replace retiring legend Don Horwood is a very good move by Alberta. One does wonder how much having a young coach (Francis turns 35 this spring) with connections to the national team program will expand Alberta's recruiting base.
— Dale Schulta, U of A director of athletics
Our Richard Zussman is out in Edmonton, so he can provide more first-hand information later on today.