Media Day Highlights

The first official team practice begins tomorrow, and a frenzy of media coverage has emerged as the Rams aim for continued success following the Final Four cinderella story of last season.

Here are a few highlights of today’s coverage during media day (which we unfortunately couldn’t attend due to our day jobs).

Around The Horns published an interview with Norwood Teague covering some hot topics:

Club Seat Expansion Project:

“We get assured by the construction workers, hey, it doesn’t look like it will be ready, but it will be ready.”

Norwood also notes that they’ve sold an additional 650 season tickets following the Final Four success.

Proposed Practice Facility Upgrade:

“It’s been approved by the Board of Visitors, and we’re ready to really kick it off, per se. We’ll probably have an event of some kind to kick off that campaign and look for that to be coming down the pipe pretty soon in the next six weeks.”

Norwood also discusses conference re-alignment and gives credit to the rivalries and power within the CAA.

Click here for the FULL ARTICLE at Around The Horns.

Jim Swing of Commonwealth Times posted an interview with Coach Smart explaining why he won’t have a midnight madness style open practice:

“A lot of schools do it, it’s exciting, you’re able to celebrate the last year,” he said. “But there’s a time and a place for that I think, and for me, the first day of practice is not the time and the place here at VCU.”

“I’ve been at some schools in the past where we’ve done a Midnight Madness sort of thing,” Smart said. “It’s OK, but from a team standpoint, you don’t get a whole lot out of it in terms of improving, and a big challenge for us is obviously going to be moving on from last year and focusing on this year’s team and the best way I know how to do that is lock the doors at the Franklin Street gym and get to work.”

Click here for the FULL ARTICLE at Commonwealth Times.

Another great interview from Around The Horns explains why Rob Brandenberg is changing his number from 23 to 11:

“Just out of respect, I want to leave that jersey alone because that’s his jersey and when people remember No. 23, they remember Kendrick Warren,” Brandenberg said.

“I thought to myself, I don’t want to be associated with another guy, because no matter what happens in my career, they’re going to remember him, so I just thought, let me start my own legacy and switch to No. 11.”

Click here for the FULL ARTICLE at Around The Horns.

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for Ram Nation since 2007 with a focus on news, photos, and feature stories.