Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Long-Term Fit at Austin Peay Began When Weiser Hired Loos

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Long-Term Fit at Austin Peay Began When Weiser Hired Loos

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The first high-profile coaching hire ever made by Tim Weiser was built to last.

The former Kansas State athletic director was in his second year at Austin Peay, his first opportunity to head a college athletic program, when he lured a young Memphis assistant to coach the Governors in basketball.

That same coach, Dave Loos, is now in his 26th season and will guide Austin Peay (18-17) against top-seeded Kansas (30-4) on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I would have never guessed that would have been the long-term fix that Austin Peay basketball was going to have,'' said Weiser, who is now deputy commissioner of the Big 12.

That longevity is steeped in achievement. Loos is the winningest coach both at Austin Peay and the Ohio Valley Conference. The court on which the Governors play at their Clarksville, Tenn., campus is named after Loos.

Throughout the years, Weiser and Loos have stayed in touch. They will reunite at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, where Weiser will represent the Big 12 at KU's sub-regional.

No doubt, a bit of their conversation will turn to baseball.

Loos played both baseball and basketball while attending Memphis. Weiser, meanwhile, pitched for Emporia State. They routinely kidded each other about their baseball prowess. Eventually, the discussion grew into a sandlot fundraiser involving employees and officials at the university.

"I remember sitting around one day,'' Loos said, "and he said something about, 'Could you hit when you could play? I told him, 'So- so, but I think I could hit you.' That set it off. I think we caught each other sneaking out to the baseball park and getting a little practice in before our fundraiser.''

When they squared off, Weiser got up 0-2 in the count with two fastballs.

"But being a pitcher,'' Loos said, "he wasn't satisfied, so he threw me a changeup. He wanted to give me a hernia.''

Instead, Loos ripped a double up the middle, which was instrumental to the final outcome. …

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