Loyola's Porter Moser Talks Upcoming Basketball Season

George Ofman
October 16, 2018 - 6:54 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The afterglow is still there.

As Porter Moser prepares Loyola for the upcoming season which begins Nov. 6 against University of Missouri-Kansas City at the Gentile Arena, the Rambler’s head coach reflected back on what was a journey of a lifetime in a lengthy interview with WBBM Newsradio's George Ofman.

“I was told a million times when I got this job you can’t do it here in Chicago, it’s a pro-town,” Moser said.

But Moser insisted it was a sports town and, “if you do it the right way they will love and embrace you.”

Moser added because he’s high energy, (an understatement if there ever was one), the city would embrace his program. Making it to the Final Four certainly cemented that notion, and then some. It also earned the native of Naperville a new contract running through the 2025-26 season worth in excess of seven figures. Moser’s previous deal paid him $420,000 annually.  

“You always have to keep your options open, but I really wanted to stay,” he said.

Moser is an avowed Chicago sports fan, though he’s very much a Cubs and Bears fan supporter.  There’s even a story when Moser was growing up. His family was raised Packer’s fans.

“I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to be different or I just loved Walter Payton,” Moser said.

When Moser’s younger brother Mitch started to have kids, he would begin every birthday buying the nieces and nephews Packer’s gear.

“I was the last one in the family to have kids so when my brother sent me Packer’s gear I gave it to the poor!”

Maintaining excellence at a mid-major school is a real challenge.

“That’s one of the most difficult parts. A lot of the power five conferences are making decisions based on having all the NCAA bids go their conferences,” Moser said.

This is where scheduling becomes a nightmare for Moser and other coach’s in his position.  There are few major programs who wanted to schedule Loyola before it made the Final Four and few who would want to now. 

“I had to get a Big Ten game by being bought,” he said.

Maryland will host the Ramblers on Dec. 8.

The Ramblers lost Ben Richardson, Donte Ingram and Aundre Jackson to graduation, but Moser is more concerned with his current squad getting to full of itself.

“First of all, no entitlement. We don’t walk around like we’re God’s gift to earth. We can’t be the same team we were last year, we have to be better!” Moser said.

Some of the returnees include Clayton Custer, Cameron Krutwig, Marques Townes and Lucas Williamson.

“We’ve got some players who played on the big stage who are back,” he said.

But can Moser and Loyola get back to that big stage again? It might be worth your time and investment to find out.