Wednesday, December 4, 2019

CSO Q and A: Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser

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By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Welcome to another edition of CSO’s Q and A as I sit down with college coaches and players across college sports for in-depth questions sprinkled with a little bit of fun. The latest edition focuses on Porter Moser, who is in his ninth season as head coach at Loyola-Chicago.

Green: The last couple of seasons have witnessed a resurgence in the Chicagoland college basketball scene with your team making a Final Four appearance in 2018 and DePaul getting some high-quality local talent resulting in its best start in decades, what is it like to have sustainability for a change in the area when it comes to recruiting?

Moser: Since I got the job in 2011, one of the questions I get from a recruiting standpoint is are you going to keep the top kids home or not? When we signed Milton Doyle right out of the gate, that was the first Chicago Public School league player Loyola had in 12 years. Since then, Donte Ingram had a great career, Doyle had a great career too and played for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA preseason and now Lucas [Williamson] has been a great player for us. I think what they are realizing is that they can getting a great education and win, while getting friends and family to see them, in which they have realized they really love how Chicago has embraced our team. We also now have Marquise Kennedy, who played in the Catholic League.

Green: A lot of college basketball fans across the country who have witnessed Loyola’s success over the past couple of years are likely not familiar with Milton Doyle and how he was your first big recruit. How instrumental was Doyle in influencing players, such as Clayton Custer and Donte Ingram to Loyola?

Moser: Milton was very instrumental with Donte and also had a well-known name amongst the players. All of the guys knew who Milton was and when he came here, Donte said that Milton started the trend of keeping these guys home. My staff and I recruited hard here and all of the Chicago coaches said that they saw me all over the city and have made it a point to recruit guys like Milton hard.

Green: You served as an assistant under Rick Majerus at Saint Louis from 2007-11, how has his coaching style rubbed off on your coaching at Loyola?

Moser: Everything. Rick had a huge influence on my life with the basketball, the teaching, but the confidence was the most significant. He served as a big motivation for me at that time and would not be where I am at today if not for him. 

Green: A lot of fans on social media have complemented you on your suit game. A lot of comparisons are made with your suits to Villanova coach Jay Wright. What’s the science behind selecting which suit you wear for each game?

Moser: Get someone who has really great tastes advising you. I think the Porter’s Jacket Twitter account helped propel me to get some better advice. Just like anything, I tell my players that if you want to be life-long learners, you got to learn and grow, so I am a life-long learner as I take advice and very coachable when it comes to suits. 

Green: Most campuses across the country have good food options. Is there a specific go-to place at Loyola if you are in need for something delicious?

Moser: My staff and secretary will tell you that I am notorious for bringing in my own lunch. I love it because it is easy and healthy. I always have a full house when it comes to food, so I always have leftovers. I will admit that having Raising Cane’s down the street has made it challenging at times to bring in a lunch from home. I have done a good job of not going there too much because you can get addicted to that place very easily. I would say my go-to on campus would be the Poke Bowl Aloha or I Dream of Falafel.