The Bulldogs coach admitted to a strange sensation as he looked toward the opposition bench just prior to tip-off against BYU.
There, after all, was Cougar coach Dave Rose -- one of Cleveland's closest friends and his top assistant during most of Cleveland's eight seasons as Brigham Young head coach.
Cleve also was looking at a polished, successful, tournament-tested BYU team -- part of the legacy he left after picking up the pieces of a 1-25 disaster in 1997 and leading a once-proud program back to the NCAA tournament.
But at the same time, Cleveland's main focus is right here in the Save Mart Center -- where he is attempting another resurrection. This is Steve's fifth season, and incredibly, it is the FIRST in which the program is not under some type of NCAA sanction for violations committed under previous coaching staffs.
Yes, there are some similarities in the rebuilding jobs Cleveland has been asked to do -- most notably in university demands to do things entirely by the book.
At BYU, that meant adhering to the Mormon school's strict "honor code" -- a document that any student or employee must sign that pledges abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and pre-marital sex, among other things.