Ken McDonald following WKU’s season-ending loss

7 03 2011

Some comments from Ken McDonald following WKU’s season-ending loss to North Texas.

On the year as a whole:

“Where the season ends at 16-16, it’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable for our program and we’ll be back.

“But where this could have gone at 5-11, the other way, to think about what could have happened – it says a lot about this team. They didn’t pout, they didn’t do anything but put their heads down and get better and we had a lot of games in the right column at the end of the day.”

“You always have to be hungry to try and improve,” said McDonald, who is now 62-38, 35-17 in Sun Belt play in three seasons as coach. “There’s no question I’m a better coach today than when I was hired three years ago. You learn from your mistakes. You learn from mistakes in coaching, on the recruiting trail, game management – all things you learn growing up on the job as a head coach.

“But now it’s about how we get better going forward. It’ll be a fight. We have young talent coming in, there are promising guys returning – but there’s a lot of work to do.”

McDonald on where his mindset is now, and how he sees the future unfolding:

“I really feel like there’s a bright future. I know the guys we have coming in, along with who we have returning – we’re going to get to work right away. We’re going to continue to work with them and get them ready to raise the bar. This was not typical of what a Western Kentucky basketball team is going to be like.”

“We have to win the fans back, I think we won some back because I think we played with a whole lot more heart and toughness after December. There’s still work to do and I think it’s going to be everybody’s job to raise the bar.”

Some added notes:

– WKU will lose more than 43 points and 23 rebounds per game from seniors Juan Pattillo, Sergio Kerusch and Steffphon Pettigrew for next season.

– The Hilltoppers currently have five players signed for the 2011-12 season – Rivals.com three-star players Derrick Gordon (SG), George Fant (F), Vinny Zollo (F), Deng Leek (C) and Nigel Snipes (F).

– The status of academically ineligible freshman point guard Brandon Peters is still up in the air, and will depend on how his grades pan out this semester and this summer.

– WKU’s final home attendance average this season was 3,821 for 13 home games.

– WKU’s 16 wins is the lowest the program has had former coach Darrin Horn went 15-12 during his first season in 2003-04.

– Ken McDonald’s current record at WKU is 62-38, 35-17 in Sun Belt play. He’s 8-3 in postseason games (SBC tourney and NCAA Tournament combined).

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2 responses

8 03 2011
Glass House

If we don’t install Harper as HC–and go thru bogus search for a coaching replacement–then WKU can take me off the “bug the crap out of me for money” call list. I’m finished with it.

8 03 2011
TopperFan

Spring Football time!!

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