Indeed, even those who don't like the hire concede that Dykes has the skill to get the job done. But that is not their point. The question is not whether Dykes can help his players win, it's whether those players will have the same opportunities he has after they are through playing for him. "The world we live in still has a long way to go in terms of sexism," VanDerveer says. "Hardly anyone will talk about it. It's like the elephant in the room. It's nothing personal, but until the door starts swinging both ways, I'm going to feel territorial."