View Full Version : WCC MBB Media Day Tomorrow (10/19)

10-18-2017, 08:54 AM
I just noticed that they will be live streaming media day tomorrow from the Orleans in Las Vegas. Coach Few and Johnathan Williams are scheduled for Noon PST.


10-20-2017, 09:35 PM
For any subscribers, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic had a pretty good recap (article is paywalled (https://theathletic.com/115496/2017/10/02/davis-welcome-to-the-fieldhouse/)).

LAS VEGAS — West Coast Conference coaches and players convened on Thursday for their annual media day. Is this the year someone finally unseats Gonzaga as conference champion? Here are 10 takeaways.

1. With a strong coaching influx, times are a changin'
The West Coast Conference is still a league of “haves” and “have nots.” The best way to explain: Since 1999, only three schools have won the postseason tournament.

But things are changing. Over the last three and a half years, the league has undergone a transformation. Six of the 10 coaching positions have turned over—only Mark Few, Randy Bennett, Dave Rose and Marty Wilson have more than three years of experience in the league. With those openings has come interesting hires such as former NBA coaches Mike Dunlap at Loyola Marymount and Terry Porter at Portland, former NBA star Damon Stoudamire, 400-plus game winner Herb Sendek and rising star Kyle Smith.

“As a conference, our schools have all aspired to men's basketball success, and they've all said they're committed (in the past),” associate commissioner Jeff Tourial said. “But this is probably the first time that it's tangible, with schools [saying], ‘Look, we're serious about this.'”

This isn't to say that anyone is ready to take over the mantle from the big boys. After all, Gonzaga is coming off of an appearance in the national championship game. But it's all about sustainable results that can lead to long-term growth. At the very least, the league is making an institutional effort.