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A Message from Men’s Basketball Head Coach: Calling All Students

Steve Woltmann | Loyola AthleticsMen's basketball coach Porter Moser greets students.

For those of you who have made it to a basketball game at Gentile Arena this season, thank you.

As you can see, we are playing a fast-paced, high-energy style of basketball. We are currently 7-2 overall and 5-0 at home. It’s fun to watch. To those who have not been to a game: We need you.

I am calling on you, the students of Loyola University Chicago, to help us change the perception and landscape of Loyola basketball.

Our spirit teams and students helped provide our team with an energy boost to get a huge win on our home floor over Mountain West Conference preseason favorite San Diego State on Dec. 3.

The energy in Gentile Arena was electric, and the arena was only half full. Imagine how loud and intimidating that arena could sound to an opponent if we fill the place.

The perception is that Gentile Arena is an easy place to play for visiting teams because we are currently last in student attendance in the Missouri Valley Conference.

But, as San Diego State saw on Saturday, it is not an easy place to play, and it can get much louder. The Loyola men’s basketball team is a fun team to get behind.

This is an awesome school with many reasons to be proud of it. We are Loyola; let’s have our voices be heard in the world of college basketball.

As your head men’s basketball coach, I am willing to go anywhere, speak to any group and do whatever it takes to connect with the student body. I have said it many times and have seen it firsthand: You make a difference. This is our team and our university. Let this be the era that changes Loyola basketball forever.

Before you leave campus to head home for the holidays, we have a pair of big home games: one against Wright State at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 — we’ll even give you a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich for coming — and one on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. versus Milwaukee. I encourage you to come out and be our sixth man.

Good luck with finals, happy holidays, and I hope to see and hear you all at Gentile Arena. Go Ramblers.

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5 thoughts on “A Message from Men’s Basketball Head Coach: Calling All Students”

  1. As a class of 74 grad…who attended almost every game at the old alumni gym and still get to as many games as I can from 75 miles away….there is nothing that makes the trek more worth while than to see an excited student fan base going crazy……

  2. I recall when Loyola was a national powerhouse in basketball. And I’ve seen decades of poor teams, bad coaches and lack of administrative support. This neglect has cost LUC in local and national recognition which has a direct influence on enrollment and alumni donations.

    In the six years that Coach Moser has been here at Loyola he has worked tirelessly not only to turn our team around but to bring back some of the lost glory that Loyola once possessed.

    It would be nice if the student body showed some appreciation for the job Coach has done and come out to support him and the team that represents Loyola.

    1. Could the not agree more. Students of Loyola – please come out and support this team. Coach Porter and his staff have positioned our team – finally! – for a few years of exciting basketball and a lot of victories. It will only continue beyond the next few years if the students support the program and start showing up to games. Please make it happen.

    2. They need to play big games at a real arena–hint hint– the United Center. The Ramblers played in its predecessor, Chicago Stadium in the glory years. January 1963–23000 Plus crammed the old barn, as LU hosted the 1st, 2nd and third ranked teams on the same night. I saw Lew Alcindor (Karem Abdul Jabber) play there after Chicago got 33 inches of snow; 20000 made it out. Visibility makes a difference. Hope our AD wakes up and sees the light. That would serve to attract top teams here, rather than having to go to them.

      1. If they can’t fill the Gentile Center who do you think will go see them at the United Center? When I was there they played at the Amphitheater and they got about 200 people a game. Unfortunately it Wont be much different at the United Center..to hard for students to get there.

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