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UAB’s Jerod Haase arrives at ‘Hoops on the Haasephalt’ via helicopter (VIDEO)

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UAB Coach Jerod Haase reacts to action in the second half of aN NCAA college basketball game against Southern Mississippi at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/, Mark Almond)


While the majority of head coach entrances at “Midnight Madness” events tend to be routine, there are a few outliers as well. New Mexico head coach Craig Neal rode to “The Pit” on his Harley-Davidson, and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim took a short ride to the Carrier Dome floor in a New York City taxi in two examples of coaches arriving in a somewhat “unconventional” style.

And then there’s UAB head coach Jerod Haase, who took a quick ride to his “Hoops on the Haasephalt” event in a helicopter. During his post-flight address to the crowd Haase, who’s entering his second season at the Conference USA school, noted that he wasn’t nervous until it was time to take off.

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