“He was good, just, overall,” Pastner said of Devoe. “That’s why I always say, when you take off, whenever you go on a trip, there’s two things I say: As long as you take off and land safely, nothing else matters. Really, that’s the most important thing on the airlines.”
He noted that he is a frequent flyer, and as such often hears people’s complaints about delays.
“I always say, ‘Hey, look. Look,’” Pastner said “It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than being in the air wishing you were on the ground. And so I tell people, ‘Let’s just be grateful. The pilot and the FAA cares enough that if there’s a switch on that we don’t need to hurry.’ Everything’s about safety. So anyway, that was my two cents on that.”
He then returned to his answer about Devoe.
Later on, when he was asked a question about the team’s energy level, he took the opportunity to poke fun at media members who will not be covering his team’s game against Georgia on Friday in order to travel to the Tech football team’s game at Notre Dame on Saturday. And, now, talking about football, he decided to delve further.
“And I do want to say this, and I’ll answer your question,” said Pastner, resting his left elbow on the table with his cheek resting on his fist. “More in football than in basketball, things just take time. I think you see coach Collins’ group, they’re getting better every day, every game.”
He then went on to tout the progress that he sees the football team making progress.
“I’ve been telling coach Collins, ‘Man, just stay the course,’” Pastner said. “Year 4, Year 5, they’re competing for ACC championships. They’re good. They’re just playing a lot of young guys, and in football, it’s different than basketball because of the size of stuff.”
He went on to predict that the team will be competing for ACC Coastal Division titles by Collins’ fourth and fifth seasons.
“You can just see the progression with their team,” Pastner said. “There’s no denying that.”
He then jumped back on track and finished his answer about his team’s energy level.
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