On a special college basketball preview edition of Glenn Clark Radio Nov. 1, men's coaches from Baltimore-area schools stopped by to share their team's outlook for the 2016-17 season. Here's what they had to say:
"There's always pressure to win. There's always pressure to do well. This is my fourth year. We kind of have our guys in [place] now. We've laid the foundation. We have the building blocks; we have the pieces. We have all the ingredients to take that next step. I think we will do it. I have a lot of confidence in our guys; I have a lot of confidence in our coaching staff; I have a lot of confidence in myself."
- Loyola head coach G.G. Smith on expectations for this year's Greyhounds
"It's a great time to be at UMBC. Speaking purely from a basketball standpoint, with a brand new arena going up -- the investment that our president and our athletics director have put on men's basketball is really important to help us grow. Our team, our coaching staff, we're going to have to raise the level of our play to kind of match their investment. It's not just going to be, 'Because they invest, all of a sudden we're going to have a winning program.'"
- UMBC head coach Ryan Odom on the culture entering his first season with the Retrievers
"This is probably the most athletic team I've had in a long time, since when I first got here. They just don't have the experience. Next year will probably be an even more exciting year. By no means am I using this year as a test module. … I'm excited about the group. We've had two tough years. But I live by the saying of Nelson Mandela, when he said, 'Don't judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up.' Anybody that I know that's been successful, coaches included, they've had challenging seasons. It's just all part of it."
- Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman on the Bears having a young team this season
"People want to know who we play. In our nonconference schedule, we basically tell them that we don't run from anybody. Anybody that wants to play and is willing to pay us the money to play, we're going to go ahead and play them. In the years that I've been here, we've played Notre Dame, we've played Michigan, we've played Michigan State, we've played Utah and Oregon and USC. It's nonstop games that we play, and we don't run from anybody.
- Coppin State head coach Michael Grant on another difficult early-season schedule for the Eagles, including games at Utah, BYU, Georgetown and Clemson
Issue 227: November 2016