UAB is one of six schools which will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1. Evan Dudley covers UAB athletics for the Alabama Media Group. We discuss the work of Blazers AD Mark Ingram putting the school in a good position as it joins the American, the barbecue-based trophy at stake when UAB plays Memphis and the school’s relationship with Alabama and Auburn. Dudley also talks about basketball coach Andy Kennedy and his success building through the transfer portal. The legacy of former coach Gene Bartow and the importance of basketball at UAB are also topics.
UTSA is one of six schools which will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1. Greg Luca covers UTSA athletics for the San Antonio Express-News. We talk about football’s fast rise and basketball’s facility challenges. We discuss the tenure of McPherson’s Steve Henson as men’s basketball coach, the university’s growing support of athletics and the challenge battling the Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys for attention.
Rice is one of six schools which will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1. Matthew Bartlett, director and managing editor of The Roost, talks about renewing old rivalries, the state of Owls basketball and resurrecting Rice baseball under coach Jose Cruz Jr. We discuss the best Owl in the new conference and the strength of women’s basketball and volleyball at Rice.
North Texas is one of six schools which will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1. Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle discusses Mean Green basketball under new coach Ross Hodge after an NIT title, the history of the “Mean Green” nickname and the school’s great golf history. He describes the school’s excitement at joining a conference with several Texas rivals, its journey as a member of several conferences and the success of the softball program in recent years.
Wichita State women’s basketball assistant coaches Brooke Costley and Nick Bradford update fans on summer workouts, team building and bowling. We discuss Costley’s rise through NCAA Division II to Wichita State and her hobby as an artist. Bradford talks about his long friendship with coach Terry Nooner and how he learned to root for the Kansas City Chiefs and leave behind the Dallas Cowboys.
Wichita State women’s basketball assistant coach Antwain Scales talks about his return to Wichita, how a challenge from a youth basketball coach pushed him into the profession and his desire to improve the Shockers. We discuss newcomer Tre’Zure Jobe and their long relationship. We also reminisce about City League basketball, Lynette Woodard and his hobby rebuilding Chevrolets.
Basketball coach Terry Nooner stops by to update fans on his first two months on the job and the early days of summer workouts. We talk about how the returners are helping with the transition, why guard DJ McCarty elected to stick with the Shockers and how the four newcomers fit in. We discuss coaching influences, bowling with the Shockers and how he kept recruit Salese Blow on the roster.
Wichita State high jumper Destiny Masters talks about her dramatic qualifying for the NCAA Championships and how she progressed from uncertain Division I athlete at Bluestem High School to national qualifier. She details how coach Steve Rainbolt learned when to give her a break and when to push and how his positive reinforcement plays a role in her success. Masters also discusses her relationship with former Shocker assistant coach Pat Wilson and his role in getting her to Wichita State.
Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb updates fans on spring practices, how his newcomers are fitting in, Morgan Stout’s busy spring in the middle and why he compares scheduling to baking an apple pie with the proper ingredients.
Wichita State director of track and field Steve Rainbolt discusses the championship at the American Athletic Conference outdoor meet, how depth and balance prevailed and how his college experiences taught him to value the team aspect of an individual sport. We also talk about how the Shockers changed to compete in a new conference, decisions on the margins that paid off and how coach Kirk Hunter produced a superb year for his distance runners.