TAHLEQUAH — What Tinsley will inherit at NSU is a roster that has eight of the 12 players on the roster who have transferred from other institutions. And Tinsley had a message for those players, most of which were attendance on Friday morning.
“We’ll find out if these guys are as tough as my girls were,” Tinsley said. “I’m not sure if we’re going to find out pretty quick here.”
As for his style of play, Tinsley all but informed his players to get ready to go all out on defense.
“I’m gonna get after ya now, and my teams most recently have been top one, two or three in the nation in steals and top one, two or three in the nation in scoring,” Tinsley said. “This will probably kill (NSU women’s coach Randy Gipson), but two years ago we shot 1,081 3s. A year ago, we shot a 1,061 3s. We let that baby fly.
“I have some old-timers come watch us play — and they’ve been very successful high school coaches in the state — and I go visit with them after the game and they say, ‘well, coach, it’s fun to watch; not sure I could do it.’”
Now it’s Tinsley’s turn to see if he can do it in Division II.