Walters Heading To San Fran

By Josh Herwitt - April 14, 2008

Remember when San Francisco won back-to-back national championships after capturing an NIT title just six years earlier?

Well, that was a long time ago -- almost 60 years ago during the days of Pete Newell and Bill Russell.

Since then, the Dons haven't had much to boast about, but former NBA player Rex Walters is hoping to change that perception after agreeing to take over as head coach of USF on Monday.

Walters finished a two-year stint at Florida Atlantic with a 31-33 record and now will take over for Jessie Evans, who was forced to take a leave of absence during the middle of the season and was fired just last month, leaving legendary coach Eddie Sutton to take over the team as interim head coach. The former Oklahoma State coach did reach the 800-win plateau as only other coach besides Bob Knight, but he couldn't help the Dons avoid a third straight losing season at 10-21.

USF, though, isn't the only team in the West Coast Conference that will be featuring a new head coach next season. Loyola Marymount will also be sporting a new head man in Bill Bayno and Pepperdine will as well with Tom Asbury taking over on the sidelines after Vance Walberg's mid-season resignation.

But Walters and the Dons do have a potential WCC Player of the Year in Dior Lowhorn, who led the conference last season in scoring at 20.5 points per game in addition to 7.4 rebounds.

And with Walters only being in his third season as a head coach after being an assistant at both FAU and Valparaiso, he'll need Lowhorn to step up as an upperclassmen and take charge once again on both ends of the floor after a superb sophomore season.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 05:45 PM on April 14, 2008

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