Gonzaga coach Mark Few told Ian Furness at KJR-AM radio the Bulldogs series with Washington could return, but he scoffed at the Huskies’ proposal to play all games at KeyArena.
Few also gave strong indications that he’s against adding Seattle University to the West Coast Conference in the near future.
You can hear the entire interview here.
HERE’S THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MARK FEW INTERVIEW:
(Why isn’t the Gonzaga-Washington series being played?) “It comes down to you got two different entities out there trying to fit their schedule and trying to build their schedules. And I would also add both of them have been very, highly successful with the way they’ve been doing their scheduling. The Huskies have played a lot of home games in November and December these last couple of years and it’s worked out tremendously for them. Lorenzo knows what he’s doing and it’s played out very well and I wouldn’t mess with that.
“We went out and aggressively scheduled nationally and so far that’s worked us. I’m hoping this isn’t the year we overscheduled and really kind of zaps our confidence.
“I really, truly think that’s probably it and I think people are making too big of a deal out of it. They got their scheduled filled and we have ours. And ours probably have too many good teams on it so it probably wouldn’t be wise to add another good team like the Huskies.”
(You would be fine playing them if it was the right situation?) “I think it’s accurate. We’re tied up here for awhile with our home-and-home (agreements), but sure. … What they’re doing is certainly working. What we’re doing it seems to be working pretty darn good for us over this past 11 years. I think people should quit wasting time with it.”
(Can the rivalry return in the next few years?)
“I wouldn’t say it’s closed. It would have to obviously, people would have to get together. It would have to be opportunities in both schedules to make it work. That’s kind of how it goes with everything.’
(It won’t happen at KeyArena, correct?) “No. C’mon that makes no sense.”
(Why is it important for the Zags to play in The Battle in Seattle?) “It’s been real fun for our team. I think they enjoy going over there and playing in KeyArena. I think it’s a way to … everyone of the games are sold out here in the Kennel. The moment we open up the turnstiles at the downtown arena, Spokane Arena – we’re playing Oklahoma there this year – that thing is sold out. There’s a lot of people that would love to get in and watch our guys play live and they don’t get the opportunity. … You want to reward that type of loyalty and that type of fan. We have a lot of alumni living over there and it’s just been a really great experience.”
(Any scenario in which Seattle University joins the WCC in the near future?) “I don’t know the situation that well. I really don’t. I have no idea.”
(Is Seattle U. good for WCC?) “At least in my opinion the only reason to add a team right now would be one that would enhance the RPI of all of the members in the league. Our league is much tougher I think than maybe sometimes the perception of it is. … Right now you can make a very easy argument it’s the best league on the West Coast. … So if you’re going to add somebody, they got to bring something to the table. From a basketball point of view you obviously got to be hopefully like a top 50 RPI or top 75 at worst. I think that would be the thing that you’d look for.”
(So no. Not right now for SU?) “I’m just saying if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Unless you’re out looking to add people, I would try to add people that enhance your RPI. Whether that plays out for Seattle U. or UCLA, Stanford I don’t know. They’ve been doing eight (teams in the conference) for as long as I’ve been here and it seems to be working alright.”