Most coaches would sooner dive into a crocodile tank with raw chicken cutlets stuffed in their pockets than admit they read a fan messageboard.
Isn't it refreshing then that Xavier's Chris Mack takes the opposite approach?
Mack posted on XavierHoops.com on Thursday night, asking fans for "the LOUDEST game ever in the history of the Cintas Center" when the Musketeers host Richmond on Sunday in a battle for first place in the Atlantic 10.
We need our fans to be a TRUE 6th man this Sunday at 1pm. Our team needs you early. Our team needs you loud. If you're just going to come to the game to watch, give your tickets up. Heck, you can WATCH from home. I want our arena rocking!! Calling all PARTICIPANTS. This isn't a marketing ploy. This is your head coach, sitting at his home computer asking for the best fans in the country to come alive for 40 game minutes on Sunday LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
A-10 teams dis-like coming to our incredible arena. They need to FEAR it. I know the 5 guys on the floor and our bench will play very hard for you on Sunday. We need the 10,250in blue seats to be one big, living, breathing, loud and raucous 6th man. I want EVERYTHING you have. I want a curfew of midnight for all ticket holders. You're going to need your rest. Sunday will be the most fun you've ever had at a Xavier game.
Whether you're a Xavier fan or not, how awesome is that? Who wouldn't want to play for or cheer for a coach with that kind of enthusiasm and creativity?
CBS Sports' Gary Parish spoke to Mack late Thursday night, and he explained that with Xavier students off for spring break, he wanted to do everything in his power to make sure the alumni are "participants" instead of wall-flowers.
So far Mack's appeal appears to be paying off. Several fans wrote on the 17-page long thread after Mack's post that they bought tickets after reading what the coach had to say, and another fan tweeted Mack that he plans to drive from Grand Rapids to Cincinnati just to see the game.