Loyola head coach Porter Moser joins the CTL panel to talk about the Ramblers and the recruiting process of keeping players in Chicago to attend Loyola - 12/27
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He's had to take you to go over program he had to get turned a little bit and looks like its goal quicker maybe than you thought is that accurate. Well I think the guys you know just change in the culture always takes time and I'm very fortunate we we signed seven freshmen we took a transferring -- pain. But you know we inherited two seniors in -- labor camp and Jordan hicks and for the first year they were trying to get to know me they're trying to get to know the expectations but. You know in the locker room the leadership that those two guys have shown. Has helped so much you know off the floor -- -- that was a nice quiet kid from Germantown Wisconsin. And -- one of the biggest compliments I can give as a leader is how noisy he's -- you can hear all the time talking to the young guys and not a time change culture that has to start. From the top when your best players your hardest workers. That that's that speeds up that process in and Ben is our best players are leading scorer and -- that out -- and they got nervous leaders. What's the message what's what's the main style you -- talk about you know accepting a matter of changing the culture what what does that mean. What you know it's a -- a great question that there's really no quick answer to that. But it's it's a whole process and you know it's everything from how what -- invest in the offseason in terms of work -- it's what you except from other teammates. You know you -- -- and you know will be missed you'll be talked into a kid and he'll he'll tell some new coach up book one player than two seconds later another kid makes them is the same mistake. And some of the seemed like that's just the way it goes. But you see great leaders not accept that you know little little pull that can oversight in the of that donut that's not the way and it's just hard. Great programs. Have the upper classmen. Do that a young kids committed Mike this is how you act off the court decided the locker room is this is how everything is and that's what great programs have. There's a great not to get long when it about the answer but. Going to watch Duke. From when I was with coach when jurors we had one of his former players went there was in -- wouldn't talk to sought to -- practice he said Singler and Nolan Smith. Pulled aside. Probably carry -- every water break. He said every water break those two would go over you see Singler with calmly and knows -- to Tyree -- in the -- talk in the -- water break. And then they did they had free time after the water -- were short of some and they come back to practice that's leadership and it's just it's a lot of things put together in terms of culture. Party if you mentioned. Didn't know you your program you've got a lot of turn over here John -- -- Illinois it got harder for no I think third -- plays -- camera. Battle amongst the local close to it to do get him with a high school you know Chicago is seen in and convince them that loyal as the place to be over DePaul or Norma. Well there is an overriding theme that you know we want to all keep some of the great players in Chicago where is in the suburbs at home. I know when I took over Loyola you're going April we have one Illinois player on our roster. We're Loyola Chicago. In there's one Illinois players that was been a -- in my. And I think I know for me personally not to speak the other coaches. I wanna keep some of these players home I want them and for me it was a recruiting process of not only the players. But the U coaches the high school coaches people that are talking to the kids to let them know. Pay our campus is beautiful yeah academics are great we have new facilities I heard the same thing over and over I'll betcha my first three months. We had about fifty to sixty unofficial visits meaning you bring kids on -- tour when you walk around. Everybody said the same thing from the Chicago -- -- I can't believe this campuses here but in the lake front. But we all wanna you know I think Chicago I grew up in Naperville I would die hard sports for Chicago sports fans. And I know that you know Chicago is one of the best sports cities. In the country. For us not to have any division one -- programs get to the NCAA tournament. We we all want a claim or stake I just every day I have a picture in my office black and white of the 63 team. And a picture of the 85 team without Frederick use in there or the sweet sixteen those the only two times in the since they've done that. And it reminds me of what can happen in Chicago went. When we go to -- Game of change you guys played Mississippi State fifty years ago the governor of Mississippi did not want them to play because well ahead African American players. Lot of historical significance what did you tell your kids away from x.s and -- about the moment playing them now. What we showed that. -- on the video there's a great documentary called game change that you have to see if you haven't seen it really documents the whole story. It has interviews from that long ago. We've weeks I brought the guys into our locker room and stood behind us and we have a thing we call team together we say we huddle up. And I had the new guys in front of me in the sixth dream team behind me. But I talked to before the game about. Social -- the role that we had we social immigration. So role that we had of the what these guys stood for and they have sixteen academic degrees they won a national championship they're close friends now but the pressures they had to go through. At that time that the common bond we have this is the name of the front of our Jersey will. And what they stood for is I don't care it's timeless. Where there's fifty years who are now they stand for what's right in college basketball. A unified. Not segregated team played their hearts out sixteen academic degrees and they won. And these guys if they stand for everything that's right. You mentioned Rick Majerus who was assistant at Saint Louis obviously guys had a big impact our basketball lives -- -- caps. He was a coach at Ball State now is there anyone who have been around Rick Majerus knows that you know. But this is the guy's gonna be missed by a game what impact the -- -- you and how do you incorporate that in your daily coaching. You know -- -- Rick was very close friend of -- a mentor of mine. And you know there was nobody that could sit and he really taught the game he is the true teacher of the game. And you know he never went too fast I mean he eat eat he would the fundamentals if you watched -- practice their attention to detail was off the charts. And you know you achieve what you emphasize a big believer that statement at all -- life. And you know taken as a teacher to teach the kids the right way and not sometimes we get a -- it's fast pace and everything. We got to play a game in three weeks from the first day we start we're just trying to throw everything yet but we're not really good at anything. He wants to be good in January February -- takes a really slow he called me. Thirty times last year during the season and just kept on saying overall Porter take it slow build -- the right way go long term long term in. In -- -- on mr. conversations and but he he does that just the looking at the game sitting in a board room with them talking about game planning and how to stop the team. Mean you can't you can't put a words into what it was like sit there with them he really knew how to look at a team and take away three or four great things they that. Big game for you work Saturday against -- important for you to play. The local schools to have a chance to. You know Golden State is a -- I think it's it's huge but I probably good for everybody really it is I think yeah I think it's great and you know I think we there's the tons of history with the Paul Loyola. And to get back to be playing I'd like to play him every year and and I just think it's it's it's a great game it's great to them they're nine and three were 83. Thumb surgery a tremendous job tremendous athleticism but I think Chicago is is I think it's craving for a team to step up trading for a college basketball team. To step up and I think everybody is is really trying to get the programs elevated your seat every working hard to do that but I think that -- Loyola game. Lot of history and I think a lot you can look forward was Saturday she.