Oct. 8, 2013
IRVING, Texas --- UAB men’s basketball head coach Jerod Haase spent time previewing the 2013-14 season at the annual Conference USA Basketball Media Day on Tuesday.
Haase, who enters his second season with the Blazers in 2013-14, was accompanied by head coaches from the other 15 C-USA teams at Tuesday’s event.
Haase talked with print media and radio and television crews in the morning session, and spent the afternoon at the FOX Network studio in Dallas.
UAB men’s basketball is currently in its second week of preseason practice and will tip off the season in an exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 3 against Milligan (Tenn.) College. Opening tip for that contest is slated for 2 p.m. CT at Bartow Arena.
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Below are comments from Haase at Tuesday’s C-USA Media Day.
On how he feels about this year’s team …
“I feel good. We return five seniors who have all proven that they can play at this level. We brought in six new players who I think can all contribute. The challenge for us is to get them to all mesh together and all on the same page.”
On how UAB compares with the rest of the conference …
“There are so many new teams in this conference that it is tough to tell. I do know that the teams coming in are going to compete for the title and have a lot of talent. I am confident that our team has a chance to be pretty good, but the depth of this conference, especially the top half, there are some big time teams.”
On the other coaches in Conference USA …
On the new C-USA members …
“There are a lot of great coaches in this conference. With 16 teams in this league, you see a lot of different styles of play. You have to be able to adjust to different styles because you are going to see everything. It really is a big time league in terms of coaches.”
“You have a new group of schools that have an unbelievable basketball tradition. It definitely adds depth to our league, but also adds the unknown to our conference. There are a lot of good coaches and a lot of good teams.”
On the five seniors who return this season …
“All five have started games. They have been with me for a year now, so they understand what my goals and expectations are, whether that is in practice or in games. They have been leading the new guys, and will be asked to do a lot this year.”