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West Coast Conference Announces

Oct. 24, 2008


SAN BRUNO, Calif. - In preparation for the start of the 2008-09 collegiate men's and women's basketball seasons, wccsports.com will host "Countdown To Tipoff" from Oct. 24-Nov. 14.

Countdown to Tipoff will feature exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with all 16 WCC men's and women's basketball coaches and commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. The interviews are hosted by longtime University of San Francisco radio voice George Devine and will focus on the key personnel on each roster and a look at how the WCC men's and women's races will stack up this season.

Last season, the West Coast Conference advanced a record three schools into the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. San Diego, which defeated Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, received the automatic bid by virtue of winning the WCC Tournament, while Gonzaga and Saint Mary's each received at-large selections. On a percentage basis, the WCC qualified 37.5 percent of its teams for the NCAA Tournament, which ranked fifth in the nation behind only the Pac-10, Big East, Big 12 and the SEC.

The 2007-08 women's basketball season was also a success as the WCC finished with the highest RPI of any non-BCS conference. The women's season concluded with third-seeded San Diego defeating top-seeded Gonzaga 70-66 in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament to advance to its first NCAA Tournament in eight years. The conference also earned two post-season bids for the 10th straight year as Gonzaga advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

Please use the following link to access interviews: WCC All-Access at Media Day



2008-09 WCCSPORTS.COM Countdown to Tipoff

(Posted by 1:00 p.m. each day)

DATE                                                           INTERVIEW                                                                                                                              

Friday, October 24  WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich
Monday, October 27  Gonzaga men's basketball coach Mark Few
Tuesday, October 28 Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves
Wednesday, October 29 Loyola Marymount men's basketball coach Bill Bayno
Thursday, October 30 Loyola Marymount women's basketball coach Julie Wilhoit
Friday, October 31  Pepperdine men's basketball coach Tom Asbury
Monday, November 3  Pepperdine women's basketball coach Julie Rousseau
Tuesday, November 4 Portland men's basketball coach Eric Reveno
Wednesday, November 5 Portland women's basketball coach Jim Sollars
Thursday, November 6 Saint Mary's men's basketball coach Randy Bennett
Friday, November 7 Saint Mary's women's basketball coach Paul Thomas
Saturday, November 8 San Diego men's basketball coach Bill Grier
Monday, November 10 San Diego women's basketball coach Cindy Fisher
Tuesday, November 11 San Francisco men's basketball coach Rex Walters
Wednesday, November 12 San Francisco women's basketball coach Tanya Haave
Thursday, November 13 Santa Clara men's basketball coach Kerry Keating
Friday, November 14 Santa Clara women's basketball coach Jennifer Mountain