Even though the college basketball season has been over for three weeks now, there is still some activity amongst some of Chicago’s men’s basketball programs. Here is the latest…..
The Loyola Ramblers announced recently that they will be joining the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1st of this year. They will essentially be replacing Creighton who joined DePaul and “The Catholic Seven” in what will be the new version of the Big East next season. Loyola was a core member of the Horizon League since it joined in 1994 when it was known as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
They played in the Summit League before that which was known back then as the Mid-Continent Conference. Over the years they formed a fierce rivalry with UIC as well as other Chicago schools, most notably DePaul and Chicago State. With Porter Moser trying to bring Loyola back to it’s winning ways of the past, perhaps a change of scenery will be the the boost that this program needs.
It’ll be interesting to see Loyola create new rivalries with Illinois State, Bradley, and Southern Illinois. It is a brand new day for basketball in Rogers Park.
Speaking of Loyola’s former rival UIC, the Flames athletic department announced yesterday that head coach Howard Moore has been given a three-year contract extension. The deal still needs approval from the UIC Board of Trustees, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Especially since Coach Moore led his Flames to accomplish quite a bit this past season.
In 2013, the UIC Flames made it to the postseason for the first time since 2004 and won their first postseason game in school history. They defeated Chicago State in the first round of the College Insider Tournament back in March. Moore has also done a solid job of recruiting local players which were a major asset to the teams success this year.
This extension will keep Moore at Harrison and Racine through the 2017-2018 season. Of course we couldn’t leave you without talking about the DePaul Blue Demons…..
Last week, four players decided to transfer other schools. This week, it looks like those four spots have been filled with the announcement of some new recruits. The biggest recruit so far has been shooting guard R.J. Curington. The 6’5″ Curington is originally from Chicago but played his high school ball at the legendary Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Oak Hill is the home for NBA alumni such as Carmelo Anthony, Michael Beasley, and Jerry Stackhouse just to name a few. Hopefully Curington will be the next NBA star to come out of Oak Hill. Joining Curington will be Morgan Park guard Billy Garrett Jr., and junior college transfer forwards Forrest Robinson and Greg Sequele.
Earlier this week I was once again on the “Cooley and Chivari Show” on Sportstownchicago.com. Starting on Monday, the show will air from 6pm-8pm moving from it’s former 12pm-2pm time slot. You can hear my interview here:
This Friday night I will be coming to you from U.S. Celluar Field on the South Side as the White Sox return home to face the Minnesota Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and you can follow on Twitter for game updates @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports
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