Sun Belt: Wrapping Up From Lafayette

By Jean Neuberger - October 24, 2006

As the catfish, etouffee, gumbo, and pecan pie are whisked away from the grateful coaches and media, the Sun Belt Media Days come to a successful end. Through the hurried interviews (we had two hours to try and talk to 26 different coaches), we were able to find some great stories, good information, and enjoyed our time here in Lafayette.

One great thing about the Sun Belt is that everyone is extremely grateful for the attention that you give them. Instead of coaches who expect the media to treat them like stars, the coaches here treat you like you're the most important person in the room. That's a great feeling to have, but as Sonny Smith reminded us all, you can't get too arrogant about it. Instead, for a young, hungry journalist like me, I'm grateful that they treat me nice, and try as hard as possible to reciprocate their kindness.

I really like UALR on the men's side. When you have a player who's the best in the nation in an important statistical category, you tend to think that they are a serious darkhorse come March. Rashad Jones-Jennings is a fierce rebounder and an even more fierce competitor, and when a coach is genuinely confident about his team, you always have to believe they are for real.

On the women's side, count me among the people who are expecting great things from Western Kentucky. You can't ever turn down a veteran team who got slighted and REALLY feels that they have something to prove. Furthermore, to add to that, you've got a young coach who also is hungry to prove herself. This makes a very dangerous combination for anyone that faces the Hilltoppers. Don't be surprised not only if Western Kentucky repeats as conference champion, but that they run deep, and a lot of programs start trying to lure Cowles to their school.

I'd like to thank the members of the Sun Belt for their time, as well as Wright Waters, the energetic Sun Belt commissioner. Over and over, I was thanked by not only him, but by the various members of the Sun Belt staff for being part of Media Days.

As always, keep coming back to, and Hang Time for not only the latest, but the absolute best coverage of Media Day events as basketball season kicks into gear. For now, we'll bid you good night from the heart of Cajun Country, or Acadiana as they say here in Lafayette!

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 09:28 PM on October 24, 2006

Post A Comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)

The Sloggers... Links CSTV Basketball Blogs Posts By Site Archives...