Talking basketball in Sept.

Big numbers turn out for McNeese banquet

<p class="indent">McNeese State basketball donors got their first taste of the Heath Schroyer era Wednesday night as they packed the L’Auberge Casino and Resort Event Center for the annual fundraising banquet and auction.<p><strong>Will Wade</strong></p><p>LSU basketball coach </p>Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP

<p class="indent">Those in attendance were treated to a keynote address by LSU basketball coach Will Wade, who wasted no time getting on the Cowboys faithful’s good side.

<p class="indent">“I get a lot better reception here in Lake Charles than I do in Lafayette,” Wade said. “I’m really interested in that game Dec. 18. (against Louisiana-Lafayette). I’ll be rooting for the Cowboys, I can assure you.”

{{tncms-inline account="TylerAmPress" html="&amp;lt;blockquote class=&amp;quot;twitter-tweet&amp;quot;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=&amp;quot;en&amp;quot; dir=&amp;quot;ltr&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Will Wade assures &amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;https://twitter.com/hashtag/McNeese?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&amp;quot;&amp;gt;#McNeese&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; fans he&amp;amp;#39;ll be rooting for the Cowboys on Dec. 18… When they play Louisiana-Lafayette.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;mdash; Tyler Nunez (@TylerAmPress) &amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;https://twitter.com/TylerAmPress/status/1037498425267417089?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&amp;quot;&amp;gt;September 6, 2018&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;" id="1037498425267417089" type="twitter"}}

Wade echoed what he said about Schroyer when the hire was first made in March. He said the Cowboys have a good coach who knows how to win, and he expects Schroyer to turn the McNeese program around quickly.

{{tncms-inline content="&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;‘You guys hired a winner. You hired a guy who is going to get the job done.’&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt; &amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Will Wade&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt; &amp;lt;p&amp;gt;LSU head coach, keynote speaker&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;" id="d7a900c9-595a-4dd1-a0f8-217f749de735" style-type="quote" title="Pull Quote" type="relcontent"}}

<div class="Content"><p class="indent">“You guys hired a winner,” Wade said. “You hired a guy who is going to get the job done. He’s gotten it done everywhere he’s been. And this is a place where he’s got resources that are much more comparable to the rest of the league.”

<p class="indent">Assistant coach John Aiken said the entire event came together in the span of just more than a month, with the first meeting taking place on Aug. 2.

<p class="indent">That proved to be enough time to impress McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill, who called the soldout event “first class,” saying it set the bar for the rest of the program.

<p class="indent">“The excitement in Lake Charles for basketball has hit a new height,” Hemphill said. “Just the number of people we have at this event … this is absolutely a first.

<p class="indent">“When you have between 400 and 500 people coming out in September for a basketball banquet, that is impressive.”

<p class="indent">Schroyer wasted no time getting things started, first thanking the people who made the event happen, then telling the crowd exactly what his expectations were for the program.

<p class="indent">“I told everyone that I have a vision, a passion and a commitment to put this program back on the map,” Schroyer said. “We’re on our way to doing that. Tonight is a window into what we envision this program to be with the energy, the passion and the people in this room.”

</div>

<strong>‘You guys hired a winner. You hired a guy who is going to get the job done.’</strong>

Will Wade

LSU head coach, keynote speaker

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:GOP critics become experts

Local News

‘The Brutality of War’: Written over a decade ago, Gene Dark’s memoir about his time in Vietnam is still a compelling read

Local News

‘Celebration Gator’ alerts nation Louisiana is back

Local News

FAITH & FAMILY: House fire brought him closer to God

Local News

Jennings in process of amping up Christmas lights

Crime

Beauregard man charged in father’s death

Local News

Overnight work on underground utilities starts next week

Local Business News

Carheel working to give people opportunity, skills for employment

Local News

Volunteers rewire, restring, restore Founders Park light display

Local News

Historic City Hall exhibits open for Thanksgiving weekend

Local News

Photo Gallery: Community celebrates Thanksgiving

Local News

Nicole Doucet treasures feedback from students — past and present

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Some earlier Thanksgivings

Local News

Kinder’s Julia Claire Williams preps for Miss America pageant

Local News

Holiday Art Walk: Find unique treasures at Downtown open-air shopping event

Local News

Thunderstorms expected on Thanksgiving Day

Local News

LC police investigating fatal crash that also left three hospitalized

Crime

Shots fired at Jennings home

Crime

JDSO: Shots fired at Jennings home

Local News

Leesville receives best audit in more than a decade

Business

Care Help of Sulphur receives $25,000 grant

Business

LNG export heavyweights: Cameron Parish has become a major world player

Business

Mark Judson guest column: Talk is cheap, unless it’s ‘law talk’

Business

Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business