WMBD/WYZZ-TV - CHICAGO - This is an interesting season for Porter Moser.
After a six year hiatus, the former Creighton player is back in the Missouri Valley Conference.
"I played in the Valley, coached in the Valley. I'm a Valley guy," said Moser. "I've always been biased towards the league. I'm blessed to be back and back at a special place."
In his second season as head coach at Loyola, Moser is now ready to bring his Ramblers to his old home.
"I have tremendous memories of Bloomington,"' said Moser. "I had two of my kids born in Bloomington. I have some of my closest friends of my life still in Bloomington. God works in mysterious ways."
Loyola (6-8, 1-1 in MVC) hosts Southern Illinois Wednesday night. Then Moser will coach at Redbird Arena for the first time since 2007, when Illinois State fired him after four years with the Redbirds and a 51-67 record.
"I could say your traditional media room line of 'It's just another game.' But I had special memories there and then had a tough memory there," said Moser. "That's life. Things happen for a reason. This was the reason for me to be back at Loyola. I believe that with my whole heart."
This weekend, he'll try and prevent his heart from being broken at ISU. Again.